The First Episode of “The Bible” on the History Channel

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I’m going against a wave of negativity, as I really liked the premiere episode of “The Bible” series on the History Channel.

I already knew it would present just a selection, and that artistic license would be taken (like the fighting angels who really didn’t have to fight at all in the physical realm…kind of silly to me…however…).

So, going along for the ride, I felt they captured the heart of the stories. The actors put their all into it, and I loved the multicultural casting. No, it wasn’t on the level of “The Passion of the Christ,” and they didn’t stick to each line of the Bible as the “Matthew” series did. And I wouldn’t have done it this way at all.

But this was their artistic interpretation.

It saddens me to see such scathing remarks floating on Facebook and in the media from fellow Christians. (But some of those comments, although negative, were fair.) Maybe critical assessments could be done in the Spirit of Love?

I don’t think anyone sets out to make a bad movie, do they?

The attached review offers a great food-for-thought quote though:

“The feelings behind the series may be sincere — Ms. Downey has said that she and her husband ‘felt called to do this’ — but the approach here actually shows a lack of faith in the power of the biblical stories. The real Bible is a layered, often lyrical epic in which personal journeys are intertwined with collective ones, and human failings bump up against human strivings.”

Yes, I totally agree. It could’ve been so much more. But I still look forward to watching next week’s episode, and applaud them for even attempting so great a work.

And, I will read the stories for myself again, which was their hope in the first place.

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3 thoughts on “The First Episode of “The Bible” on the History Channel

  1. I can’t see this in China, but I did watch an interview with the producer and his wife who’s in the movie. I think you offer a good review, noting the flaws, but suggesting that this series gets a lot right and will entertain many, though not everyone.

    Bring on more such programs!

    • Thank you, Susan — and four Bible movies are in the works now with A-list actors. I heard that Russell Crowe will portray Noah, and am looking forward to that, as I think he’ll be fantastic in that role! Also, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott are both making Moses movies, and Will Smith is set to act in movie about Cain and Abel, tentatively titled “The Redemption of Cain.” I don’t think enough people realize how the stories of the Bible have influenced such great works of art — from paintings and novels to plays and movies, and everything in between. I saw a poster recently that had a bunch of quotes by Shakespeare… But what the person who made it didn’t realize was that most of those quotes came from the Bible. : )

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