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Posted on 03/12/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries once again raked in the ratings this past weekend, drawing in 10.8 million total viewers for its second episode, thus making it the most popular program in all of television on Sunday night.
Although the historical miniseries was down 18 percent in total viewership from its premiere on March 3, it still managed to attract 3.2 million adults, ages 18-49, and 3.8 million adults, ages 25-54, according to Deadline.
These high numbers made the new miniseries the most watched television program on Sunday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. According to Channel Guide Magazine, over 50 million cumulative viewers have seen some portion of "The Bible" since its premiere on March 3, whether on the History Channel or on the Lifetime channel, which also re-airs episodes.
In its season premiere two weekends ago, "The Bible" attracted over 13 million viewers, making it the most watched cable entertainment telecast of 2013, as well as the No. 1 scripted program on television.
Some critics blame the second week's drop in ratings on national Daylight Saving Time, which also occurred Sunday.
The Hollywood power couple behind the new miniseries, producer Mark Burnett of "Survivor" fame and Roma Downey of "Touched By An Angel," have attributed their profoundly successful series to God.
"The hand of God was on this. The edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life," Burnett said of the series in a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The show has also gained the attention of religious leaders as well as the tech world.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California promoted the show, saying that it is by far the best Bible movie he has ever seen.
Additionally, Lightside Games has launched a digital game carrying "The Bible" theme, which will be accessible on Facebook, iPhone, and iPad.
This past weekend's episode left off with the Prophet Nathan confronting King David on his sinful, adulterous ways as found in the second Book of Samuel.
The series' third episode, titled "Hope," will begin to cover the New Testament, as well as introduce Jesus, played by actor Diogo Morgado.
The 10-part miniseries airs on the History Channel every Sunday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. EST.
Was the Historical Samson Black?
As millions tuned in to the second part of the miniseries "The Bible" on The History Channel on Sunday night, some were intrigued by the casting choice for one of the characters.
Samson, the Ancient Near East judge known for superhuman strength and long hair, was portrayed by a black actor, leading many online to ponder aloud what Samson must have looked like. On the discussion board for Internet Movie Database entry for "The Bible," someone posted the question and got five pages worth of responses for and against the idea.
On Yahoo Answers, at least three people posted questions pertaining to Samson's race in response to the episode, with a combined amount of over 20 responses.
The Christian Post asked its Facebook fans what they thought of Samson and received over 400 comments, many addressing the question as to whether or not Samson really looked that way.
Dr. Andrew Vaughn, executive director of the American School for Oriental Research located at Boston University and an expert in the Hebrew Bible, told The Christian Post that while Samson was probably not black it is a minor issue. "Historically, the Bible describes Samson's parents as Israelites from the tribe of Dan, so it is unlikely that the historical Samson would have been so dark skinned. However, for the purposes of the mini-series, I did not find the skin color to be important," said Vaughn.
The actress who played Bathsheba was h-o-t-t.
If obama was a real black man
Where I live they are showing on PBS or some other channel as well are they considering total viewing audience.
Maybe I'm toucht on the subject but I wouldn't want to see the great British Saint to the Irish, St. Patrick played by Morgan Freeman.
And besides...that black guy in the dress with the dread locks was just palin ugly.
I was very disappointed in the way David’s adultry and his repentence were portrayed.
Rather than have David prostrate before God confessing his sin, we see him begging for the child’s life.
Personally I don’t think the Biblical diaglogue could be improved upon.
Very much to my surprise my favorite show on TV right now is Duck Dynasty. I really enjoy that show. It's kinda like “Leave it to Beaver”, only set in Louisiana in 2013. It's great.
palin ugly...that's an oxymoron. I meant PLAIN ugly.
Rick Warren, the pusher of Christlam, is pushing it, then no thanks. Warren says that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same God the muslims worship. I don’t think so.
Based on how the History Channel handled biblical themes in the past, I did not have high hopes, and did not care to watch. Was fully expecting that by the end Jesus would be marrying an alien and flying off to Japan to raise 29 kids.
Yeah man...love those guys. Great show.
RE: y, but the Left keeps ramming depraved DRECK like Glee and Modern Family down our throats.
Tell me about it.
Amazon has a new commercial out for its Kindle Paperwhite, but if you didn’t watch it all the way through you would have missed out on a great twist ending.
THIS COMMERCIAL WAS SHOWN ON PRIME TIME — AMERICAN IDOL (at least one of the more family friendly and relatively wholesome shows left on TV, but still... ).
The commercial starts off as a pretty standard Kindle ad:
Guy sitting on the beach is reading a glare-prone iPad.
Girl sitting next to guy is reading an Amazon Kindle
Guy asks girl about the Kindle
Girl tells guy all the great features of the Kindle
When they’re done talking about the Kindle, the guy makes his move on the girl and says they should go out and celebrate.
“My husband’s bringing me a drink right now,” says the girl.
Guy’s reponse: “So is mine!”
And both the guy and girl turn around to wave to their respective husbands.
Perhaps a more appropriate title would be, “The Devil Quoting Scripture.”
I urgently recommend listening to the following three radio programs addressing the many and egregious problems with the History Channel miniseries. Then stay tuned for further programs as the series continues to air - through Easter Sunday.
1. THEOLOGICAL ERRORS OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” - PT 1
2, RICK WARREN LAYS OUT THE (FALSE) THEOLOGY OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL MINISERIES, THE BIBLE
3. THEOLOGICAL ERRORS OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” - PT 2
So the Black Irish are to have no place on your fancy TV shows!!
/s(sorry - necessary)
Not wholly inaccurate: David went through fasting and praying for his child (the phrase I remember is "maybe God will relent" [which is also found in Jonah]).
Nonetheless, you are correct the biggest part was the Prophet Nathan's confronting David resulted in a "Oh my God! What have I done!?" moment (literally and figuratively) -- Another thing that they probably didn't touch on was the differences in the King's response when confronted with sin by both David and Saul: the former was concerned with his relationship w/ God, the latter with his kingdom.
“Samson, the Ancient Near East judge known for superhuman strength and long hair, was portrayed by a black actor,”
So what? Most pictures of Jesus show him looking very Nordic.
Hopefully It does cause some people to actually
begin to study the Bible.
The show is like reading the “Cliff Notes” for a book.
except with even less accuracy and detail
It appears as if the bible was written for
allah, aka satan, the first radical to reject THE God...and sealed his fate in hell for eternity.
I’ll stick to the book, thanks.
“....both the guy and girl turn around to wave to their respective husbands...”
Holy cr@p, that seals it! Between Charles Manson Moses & dreadlock ghetto Samson, and now with Super Bowl ads eager to offend, I’m outta here & back to the ol’ KJV.
Thank goodness I still know how to read.
It didn’t include every detail and had some images that don’t exactly match my mind’s eye when I read the Bible, so I hated it.
The guy who played Samson was in another excellent movie called the Lost Legion..
What the rating do not adress are those who DVR’d the episodes and are watching later..
Seems that what this OT version is all about God helping Jews to acquire land killing off whoever was there. I would prefer more on Sodom and Gomorrah type teachings on good and bad. But it seems we have to wait for Jesus for more on this.
It has always bothered me - the contrast between the OT and the NT. The God of the OT was about earthly land and war while the God of the NT is about heavenly land and peace. Maybe someone has this figured out.
Mel Gibson’s story about Jesus did pretty well with audiences, too.
Watched the first one on demand with my son. They kind of lost when they got to “Crouching Angel, Hidden Gemorrah.”
Yeah, I saw that and am unwinding from Amazon. Is it really Amazon’s duty to help mainstream homosexuality? Is that the job of any American business?
Can we expect Amazon to weigh in on other social issues such as abortion? How about polygamy?
The whole series is horribly produced. The acting is terrible, very amateurish. In the episode with Sampson, the man who earlier had blinded him was holding a metal cup of some kind. You could see the plastic mold seem on the side of the metallic cup and a sticker on the bottom. LOL
I think the Old Testament is a narrative about man’s inability to follow God’s laws. After a period of exile or slavery (loss of their lands) Israel would repent and live according to God’s laws for a while, then a new ruler would begin to commit sin and the people would follow him.
The whole of the Bible is about our need for a perfect Savior.
“How about polygamy?”
Polygamy has been accepted for quite some time it’s just that society hates people who don’t do it in an acceptable manner. Charlie Sheen and Hugh Hefner do it and no one cares. Arnold Schwarzenegger did it and he’s not in jail. Lots of American men do it just that they call their second wife a ‘mistress’ and then it’s acceptable. No end of black men practice polygamy and then have the state support their mates and their children with little to no consequence. Cable TV even celebrates black polygamy with ‘All My Babies Mamas’.
My point is that we normalized polygamy a long time ago. Now all we have to do is stop being hypocritical about it.
Hadn’t thought of it quite like that. You may be on to something.
Nonetheless, companies (outside of Hollywood) don’t go out of their way to support or promote things like that. Why is Amazon promoting homosexuality?
Thanks for insights about the difference in OT and NT. I have a long way to go.
I liked it. Those were some pretty bad ass angels. Nice armor too. They show up in later scenes as well, dressed equally as cool. You don't mess with God's angels - that's clear. Also, having kick ass angels is a nice selling point to help draw the modern action oriented TV/movie crowd. Why not? Why do you have to portray them the way Renaissance painters did, like pansy looking bird men? Ninja angels are much better. They rock.
Thanks for the thread.
Thought the 1st one was good - nothing heretical or blasphemous.
Not thrilled about the 2nd one - spent waaay too much time on Sampson - it really is just a very brief mention in the OT - I didn’t mind the black Sampson, though - spent a few months in Israel and there are quite a few black Hebrews (but no black Irish). Some people had a hard time with Noah’s Scottish accent last week - I asked if they would have preferred a Bronx accent, or maybe Mexican....
I’ll give it one more shot - see if next week balances a little better. Having read the Bible cover-to-cover many times (in five different translations) I understand it is difficult to cover much territory on the screen - I’m trying to extend a bit of grace to the producers.
I know a lot of FReepers have been dissing this series, but I have watched the first 2 (of 5) installments and speaking as one who is very familiar with the Scriptural passages that have been featured so far, I am reasonably pleased with the quality of the work product.
Was Samson of such a dark complexion? Who knows? I have been to Ethiopia and have known plenty of Ethiopian Jews who are blacker than the ace of spades. So what? The Queen of Sheba (believed by many to have come from Ethiopia) was quite dark in complexion and Solomon was quite enamored of her. It is believed by some scholars that the Shunamite woman described in The Song of Solomon was dark complexioned. Many Egyptians are very dark complexioned. Could Samson have been of darker complexion? Possibly. I wouldn't be inclined to pre-judge.
While there are scholarly improvements I could make, as I am sure others could also, I think these are 2 Hollywood producers who have remained true to their faith and have approach their work with a reverence for Christ, even as detailed in the linked article.
The snipers and critics are all out there, even as one might have expected. Rick Warren is applauding the series, and while I don't care for him at all, I will not judge Burnett's and Downey's work negatively like some will just because he happens to like it.
Burnett and Downey should applauded for building on their success in other areas of entertainment to uplift the Christian message and communicate their faith in "The Bible" series, breaking through the bilge that typically characterizes the work product of Hollywood.
They are standing in their professions in ways that too few snipers who call themselves Christians are willing to do in their own lives and careers. It's just easier to snipe when some have so little to show for themselves by comparison.
Burnett and Downey have prayerfully summoned the guts to take the risk to affirm the veracity of the Bible.
I am willing to keep an open mind as I watch the rest of the series and at this moment I continue to remain thankful for their bold effort.
My guess is that Amazon is pushing an attitude that’s supported by their internal and politically correct corporate culture. It is the rare corporation these days that doesn’t have an ‘Equal Employment Opportunity’ office to insure that the ‘proper’ attitudes and opinions are represented by the workforce. Amazon is little different and their marketing department is no doubt influenced by the political officers.
The Soviets used to call such people ‘chekists’ and now in America we just call them ‘the HR department’. They’re very powerful and they ARE a driver of the culture.
And there is also the possibility that the people behind this highly destructive ad campaign are just old fashioned communists who are hard at work destroying the moral fabric of America.
Occam’s Razor would lead me to go with the first option.
Presumably brown skinned of some hue or other, like everyone else in that part of the ancient world at that time. As such, all the white guys running around portraying various Bible characters aren't any better. Nor is that fact that they're all speaking English, some with American accents, some British, and some Scottish (like Noah).
It's basically a sequence of Bible stories, with non-homogeneous stand-in actors playing the parts. No matter how you slice it, you have to get past the language/race issues of the actors, since the goal was apparently to convey the stories in an interesting way, rather than to display an attempt at complete historical accuracy. In the latter case, we'd be watching short little brown people jabbering in unintelligible ancient languages, in which case - who would watch that?
While I find it orders of magnitude easier to learn new computer languages than the inside out, upside down, cryptic language used in the bible I was hoping this series would be enlightening. I can barely keep all my 20 plus aunts and uncles straight but all the “begotting” leaves me at a loss to name the players without a program.
However, as I believe I detected one error, I am now suspicious of the shows accuracy.
In the show Delilah was shown to be cutting Samson’s hair but I was always told: Delilah called in a co-conspirator to shave off the seven braids of his hair.
Now that may be nit picking but when we are asked to believe the unbelievable it does not help to have errors.
Where is there a description of Samson? The Nubians ruled ancient Egypt for almost 200 years and they were certainly black. Those tribes in that region frequently intermixed in cities and larger settlements and traded with each other as well as warring with each other. Did the black jews in Ethiopia just appear out of nowhere as a distinct group? He might have been black or he might have been more mediterranean; who knows for sure.
“who knows for sure.”
And who cares? And who cares what race the actors are?
RE: And who cares what race the actors are?
I’m not sure I can stand watching a white guy playing Martin Luther King.
The “Black Irish” are descendants of Spanish Sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland when the Spanish Armada was defeated in the reign of Elizabeth I.
St. Patrick, while not an Irishman by birth, was definitely a White European, from centuries before that episode.
But, of course, I caught the /s symbol. Just had to add my 2 cents! LOL!
There are photographs of Martin Luther King. Nobody knows what the various characters of the Bible looked like.
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