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“The Bible” Comes Back to Life

0304-bible_full_600It’s that time of year, the spiritually-envigorating time of Passover and Easter when Biblical movies proliferate on the small screen.  This year, a five-part miniseries is airing in two-hour installments on the History Channel, aptly named, “The Bible”, and ranking as cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.

Everyone knows that the Bible (the book) is the biggest bestseller in history, but producers Mark Burnett (Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice) and his wife, Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) cite modern-day Biblical illiteracy among young people as one of their primary motivations to make the series.  When shopping for a network to take the series, everyone but the History Channel turned them down, as though there would be no viewing audience for such a project.

How did the Bible become an object of derision, a laughingstock, rather than great literature and yes, as many would argue, ht_mark_burnett_and_roma_downey_bible_lpl_130227_wgthe living word of God?

How to portray the parting of the Red Sea, or the relative cleanliness of ancient peoples, or whether Samson was a black man with dreadlocks, or if the principals all spoke with British accents is open to interpretation.  But here’s a Hollywood power couple who are not ashamed to portray the greatest story ever told.

history-channel-the-bibleAiring on Sunday nights, the 8:00 to 10:00 pm time slot precludes the viewing by a whole host of evangelical Christians who are often in evening services for part of that time.  Another large segment tuned in when “The Bible” was rebroadcast on Wednesday, 9:00 ro 11:00 pm, “catapulting History into one of the most powerful brands across media landscape”, according to Nancy Dubuc, president of A&E Networks.

Gee, the Bible could do that for a network?  Then maybe it can dothe-bible-moses something for you and me, too.

Two Sunday episodes down, and three more to go, airing Sundays (8:00 to 10:00 pm) and Wednesdays (9:00 to 11:00 pm) during March on the History Channel.

 

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  1. avatar Leah says:

    I have enjoyed seeing what is “left in or out” the Bible narratives, since it’s naturally only an overview. Pretty cool special effects!

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