The Bible – History Channel Series

I don’t know if any of you watched the first episode of The Bible on the History Channel last night. I thought it was great! It’s a 10-part series and will run through Easter. This is not a traditional documentary series, and it doesn’t appear to inject controversy or rewrite history as most History Channel programs do in relation to Christianity.

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Based on first impressions, it seems to do a decent and accurate job of portraying the stories and characters of the Bible. But anytime Hollywood produces a film involving the Bible, some interpretations must be made and some reading-between-the-lines of scripture will happen. For example, they introduced a ninja-like angel in the scene involving Lot and his escape from Sodom. The angel reminded me of a Samurai as he wielded his sword and took out bad guy after bad guy.

The series begins with Genesis and will go all the way through Revelation. The scenes move at a pretty quick pace, so it feels like you are getting highlights of the major Bible stories–not a lot of detail. Did not recognize any of the actors, but they did an okay job. I still prefer the Charlton Heston version of Moses over the History Channel version.

So I encourage you and your family to check this out. I believe you will be pleased. Who knows–this may create some opportunities to talk to co-workers, friends, and family about the Bible.

How about you? What are your impressions of the History Channel’s series, The Bible?

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2 Responses to The Bible – History Channel Series

  1. In Australia it might take years before one of our (few) networks pick it up. The long-haired Jesus in the ad I saw put me off, although it is common. “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” 1 Cor 11:14. And since Jesus was sinless…
    I know a lot of people who become angry at the thought ‘their’ Jesus might not have been what the pictures portray.
    I shall be interested in your further posts of how this series goes. šŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the comment. As a boy, I remember watching the Jesus of Nazareth series, so I picked up this image of Jesus as a frail, hippie-like character who had a British accent. It’s amazing how Hollywood can shape our ideas about God. I’m sure Jesus looked a lot different than films portray Him, and then you wonder if they got His personality right.

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