History Channel’s “The Bible”
With 14.3 million viewers tuning in for the first episode, History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries is proving to be a cultural phenomenon of unexpected proportions. The ten-part series was developed and produced by Mark Burnett (“Survivor”, “The Voice”) and his wife, Roma Downey (“Touched By An Angel”).
I missed the first episode, which was presented on Mar. 3 at 8 p.m ET*. (Anyone who watched it wanting to provide their opinion on the first installment of the series, please feel free to fill the rest of us in.) A description of Episode One, titled “Beginnings”, is as follows:
Noah endures God’s wrath; Abraham reaches the Promised Land but still must prove his faith in God; Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, and his faith in God is rewarded when the Red Sea parts to allow the Israelites to escape Pharaoh’s chariots; Moses delivers his final message from God–the Ten Commandments.
Here are two recap videos for hours one and two of Episode One of the series:
Fortunately for those of us who missed seeing Episode One, there is an encore performance tonight at 6 p.m ET*. Immediately afterwards, Episode Two, titled “Homeland”, will be presented. A description of this episode and the preview video are provided below:
Joshua conquers Jericho; Delilah betrays Samson as the Israelites battle the Philistines; Samuel anoints David king, a move that could throw the nation into civil war; Saul is consumed with jealousy when David defeats Goliath; King David ushers in a golden age for Israel, but is soon seduced by power and lust for Bathsheba; God forgives David, and his son, Solomon, builds God’s temple in Jerusalem.
As with all theatrical productions associated with the Bible, there will always be human interpretations that may or may not hold true to the Scripture. This should be considered in watching the series. But I think a series such as this will make a much more thought-provoking topic of conversation than a show such as, say…..American Idol.
And as always, with the primary emphasis of the Bible being placed on things pertaining to the soul of individual human beings, i.e. what is often referenced to as “things of a spiritual nature”, it will be interesting to see how those associated with the MainStreamMedia will report on the series. Will they be able to identify the spiritual implications of various scenes? Can they conduct an accurate analysis of what types of spiritual influences are involved? Or will they reveal themselves, once again, to be limited to mockery rather than comprehension?
It should prove to be an interesting series!
Going to get some popcorn now. Getting stocked up for tonight. See y’all later!
*Eastern time. Thanks for the reminder, WCP.