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FINDINGS OF HARPER SAN FRANCISCO AUTHOR BARBARA THEIRING TO AIR ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL, AUG. 23

 FINDINGS OF HARPER SAN FRANCISCO AUTHOR
 BARBARA THEIRING TO AIR ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL, AUG. 23
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls," a documentary film about Australian theologian Barbara Theiring and her controversial theories about the relationship of the Scrolls to the life of Jesus, will air on the Discovery Channel Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. (ET) and again early the following morning at 2 a.m., Aug. 24.
 The documentary, which won an award in the religion category at the New York International Film and Television Festival in 1990, raised an uproar in Australia when it aired there just before Easter that same year.
 Thiering's claims -- that key Dead Sea Scrolls were written at the time of Jesus and are, in fact, about Him -- form the basis for the radical interpretation of the Gospels she documents in Jesus & the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls, published in the United States this past June by Harper San Francisco. Among these findings are her contentions that Jesus was not born to a virgin, performed no miracles, did not rise from the dead, and, in fact, survived crucifixion to marry and father children.
 Thiering, whose radical views belie her white-haired, grandmotherly appearance, is a faculty member of the Sydney University of Religion, where she lectures on Hebrew, the Old Testament, and Feminist Theology. Her conclusions, drawn from more than 20 years of Scroll research, are based on her "de-coding" a two-level system of writing known as the pesher method in both the Scrolls and the New Testament.
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