"The Biblical Accounts Come Alive"
The Bible is once again coming to the small screen on the History Channel starting March 3. THE BIBLE miniseries was developed by Producer Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, THE APPRENTICE, SHARK TANK) and his wife Roma Downey, who’s most known for her role in the popular TV series TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL.
The first episode of the TV series THE BIBLE begins with Noah as he and his family huddle together in the ark amidst the crashing of the waves. Noah comforts his family by recounting the creation of the universe from Genesis One.
The clear theme of episode one is God’s covenant promise to His people. From Noah, the narrator transitions to Abraham, whose descendants, God promised, would be more numerous than the stars. Much of the episode focuses on the faith of Abram and Sarai (who are renamed Abraham and Sarah), which is always being tested. God sees the strong faith of Abraham and blesses him for it. His descendants multiply just as God promised.
THE BIBLE then takes the audience to the time of Moses. We see how Moses learned his true identity as a child of God and how he brought God’s people out of slavery from Pharaoh. He proclaims to the Israelites that God is with them and His covenant to His people still stands. This two-hour-long, first segment of THE BIBLE ends with Moses handing down the reins to Joshua and grabs the viewer with a cliff-hanger ending.
The beauty of the TV miniseries THE BIBLE is how it weaves the Biblical accounts together while keeping the historical and emotional integrity of Scripture. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey do a masterful job adapting such a large and incredibly significant portion of Scripture. Some details of certain historical accounts are left out due to time constraints, so by no means can this TV series or any other replace the inspired Word of God, but the first episode of THE BIBLE succeeds in making history more alive.
Parents do need to exercise caution on whether THE BIBLE is appropriate for their children. There are some heavier action sequences and implied sexuality that wouldn’t be suitable for younger viewers. Otherwise, however, the first episode to THE BIBLE is tremendously exciting, inspiring, and uplifting. Best of all, it reminds us that God is always with us.
(CCC, BBB, Ho, VV, S, N, AA, M) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview in Episode One, with faith, love, grace, and God’s protection and presence in our lives demonstrated, plus a transvestite man is seen in Sodom; no foul language; Heavy battle violence includes people being stabbed with swords with some blood splatter (but not in a gratuitous way), Pharaoh’s soldiers throw babies into the river, people drown outside of the Ark, Cain kills his brother Abel with a giant boulder in a brief scene; some sexual situations as Sarah prompts Abraham to sleep with Hagar and Abraham reluctantly agrees, we see Abraham leave Hagar’s tent, a transvestite man is seen in Sodom, prostitutes are seen kissing men; Hagar’s upper back is seen briefly, a very brief flashback to Adam and Eve who are naked, though very little skin is seen; No drug use; alcohol use and the people of Sodom are clearly drunk; no smoking or drug use; and, several characters show a lack of faith in God and they are reprimanded and the people of Sodom indulge in immorality, but they are destroyed.
The first episode of the engaging miniseries THE BIBLE begins with Noah recounting Genesis One to his family as the rain pours down on the Ark. It then takes viewers to the story of Abraham and his wife as they undergo many trials. It also focuses on the story of the Exodus. Throughout, it stresses God’s covenant with His people and His promise to be with them always. It also shows the struggle of faith that many men of God underwent.
The beauty of the TV miniseries THE BIBLE is how it weaves the Biblical accounts together while keeping the historical, emotional integrity of Scripture. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey do a masterful job adapting Scripture. Some details are left out due to time constraints, but the first episode succeeds in making history come alive, without diminishing God’s power. Parents need to exercise caution for younger children. There are some heavier action scenes and implied sexuality. Otherwise, however, the first episode to THE BIBLE is tremendously exciting, inspiring, and uplifting. Best of all, it reminds us that God is always with us.