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'The Bible' Success Prompts $20M Jesus Mini-Series, More Bible-Themed Shows to Come on Screen?
Crossmap ^ | 3/28/13 | Rachel Liu

Posted on 03/29/2013 6:04:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Thanks to the "The Bible" mini-series that has exposed the story of Jesus' life to the nation, He is getting his own mini-series to come.

The handsome and gracious Jesus in "The Bible" may have altered some viewers' take on the most influential man who has ever walked on earth, and now, with the newfound spotlight, He may appear on the TV screen more often than before...

(Excerpt) Read more at crossmap.christianpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bible; bibleseries; hollywood; jesusseries; moviereview; religion; television; truth
While we have enjoyed watching The Bible mini-series, but there have been some GLARING errors....the "History" channel should have insisted on a little more fidelity to the Scripture.
1 posted on 03/29/2013 6:04:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Errors sure, but at least they are giving us some good wholesome viewing. I think Hollywood has been trying recently with Courageous and other movies that have been released in Hollywood. Of course they have a LONG way to go but at least it is a start.


2 posted on 03/29/2013 6:10:52 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SoFloFreeper

A Jesus mini-series would have to be awfully good to outdo Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazarath”. That series was awesome with an awesome cast.


3 posted on 03/29/2013 6:11:30 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SoFloFreeper

One Hollowwood commentary a week or so ago said they (major networks) would not be rushing out more Bible related programs.

I noticed in my TVGuide.com scheduling that National Geographic Channel already has a series on Jesus.

To quote Judge Judy: “Follow the money.”

Hollowwood follows the money. Any type programming that makes money gets copies and recopied ad nauseum.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 6:15:07 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SoFloFreeper

I agree. It is a blessing for us to have noticed those errors. I found myself speaking out loud when they moved away from scripture. Whoa be it to any man who changes one word of this book.

I hope they continue to have these programs about our beautiful Lord and Savior. I watched Esther and it was a good movie. F Murray Abraham played Malachai beautifully.

Thank you History channel for feeding the starving sheep. We are grateful.


5 posted on 03/29/2013 6:15:33 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

Agreed. I have enjoyed the series with the errors. It doesn’t replace the Book and perhaps it will inspire some to pick it up... just like a good movie might inspire someone to read the book it was based off of. It makes it easier to read when you have some idea of what is in it.


6 posted on 03/29/2013 6:16:12 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: TomGuy

NatGeo always has programming related to Christ during Holy Week. It is probably just a retread from previous years and nothing new.


7 posted on 03/29/2013 6:17:29 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601
Agreed. I have enjoyed the series with the errors. It doesn’t replace the Book...

Also agreed. It is a dramatization and synopsis and paraphrase and excerptation, with some blending and some mistakes. It is not an attempt of a new translation from the Hebrew and Greek.

I hope to see persons of Christian faith produce many, many more dramatizations of scripture.

8 posted on 03/29/2013 6:22:30 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: wolfman23601

The really sad part is they assume that we have NOW been exposed to Jesus due to this series. Like before the show came on none of us had a clue. Maybe it was just a poor choice of words on the writers part. I’ve enjoyed it for what it is warts and all. I didn’t expect they could do or represent everything so kudos for getting it mostly right. (Still waiting for richard burton and liz taylor to make an appearance)


9 posted on 03/29/2013 6:25:22 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: SoFloFreeper; SeekAndFind

I don’t expect the History Channel to know what a “glaring error” in any show about the Bible. If they were involved they would have had Jesus in a homosexual relationship with the disciple John, since the Bible says “John was the disciple Jesus loved.” And of course there would be the marriage ceremony of Jesus and Mary of Magdalene and the birth of their daughter.

I have watched the entire series so far and find it a decent representation of the Bible stories filmed. I figure this is aimed at those who are not Christian and is to get their interest in Christianity stimulated and to provide a counter to all of the gnostic/secret gospel shows that dominate the History Channel.


10 posted on 03/29/2013 6:26:50 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The History Channel is just showing it. They had nothing to do with writing or making it. Roma Downey and her husband made it.


11 posted on 03/29/2013 6:27:05 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mardi59
Whoa be it to any man who changes one word of this book.

If you wish to apply this injunction literally, the entire production should have been in the original languages.

12 posted on 03/29/2013 6:34:11 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: rktman

You’d be surprised at how many don’t have a clue... well most have an idea of Jesus, but a large number have no idea what is in the Old Testament or anything about Moses, David or Abraham.


13 posted on 03/29/2013 6:34:53 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: GreyFriar

RE: I have watched the entire series so far and find it a decent representation of the Bible stories filmed

Samurai Angels destroying Sodom and Gomorah?

Samson is Black? So is his mother? Didn’t show who his father is so hard to tell if he went to Africa to marry an African.

Jesus ENTERS the tomb of Lazarus and breathes into him instead of saying : LAZARUS COME FORTH?

I didn’t know it was Nicodemus who challenged Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar...


14 posted on 03/29/2013 6:37:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m curious what the errors were.


15 posted on 03/29/2013 6:38:59 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: napscoordinator

IIRC, the bulk of MORAL Christian films have been released and/or created INDEPENDENTLY of Hollywood producers....Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle” had to be funded by the star, as he could not find a studio willing to greenlight the project.

Same with Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ....and films like Courageous are made by a big Baptist church in Albany Georgia.

I think Walden Media, the studio or production company for the “Narnia” series is the exception.


16 posted on 03/29/2013 6:43:13 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
I did notice the disclaimer at the beginning about telling stories inspired by the Bible. I was actually surprised by some of the stories that they left out (the more common, well-known ones).

Nary Magdalene as one of the apostles, traveling around with 12 men? Or was it 13? Did they replace someone or just add her. I didn't count.

If they are to do a Jesus mini-series, I hope they keep closer to the source material. There was to be some filling in the gaps, of course, for instance, anything that Joseph says, but it should be stuff that is inferred in the text or the epistles and not pablum from the past century or so.

17 posted on 03/29/2013 6:47:57 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
A television mini-series exposed America to Jesus and His life.

Let that sink in ...

In between American Idol and Judge Judy, Hellywood was able to squeeze in some visual information about The Creator Of The Universe.

America ... one of the greatest sender of missionaries around the planet ever.

The teacher had to be taught again.

Our only salvation is if there are ten good men left ... will He not destroy us.


All this trouble because people argue denominationalism and too many refuse to listen to a man tell them about their sin.
Or perhaps men stopped preaching sin and its consequences.

18 posted on 03/29/2013 6:53:02 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: SeekAndFind

I count Ninja Samauri Angels and Samson as ‘explaining to the illerate’ in terms they can understand. I agree about Jesus entering Lazarus’ tomb. Nicodemus’ roll in this was, in my view, the normal movie approach to take several minor characters from a book and present them as a single character. At first I had your response, and then realized what was being done. And I noticed, and this I think was the point, that Nicodemus comes to know that Jesus was not talking of an earthly kingship but spiritual and salvational. I also thought it was powerful in how they portrayed Jesus offering the stone in his hand (which is NOT in scripture) to the accusers for the one of them without sin to throw it. However, it was weak on Jesus’ emphasis to the woman that she “sin no more.”


19 posted on 03/29/2013 6:54:13 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: dangus

This thread describes several discrepancies.


20 posted on 03/29/2013 6:56:17 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: circlecity

I agree. One of my favorite scenes is Ernest Borgnine playing the Centurion.


21 posted on 03/29/2013 6:59:36 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: SoFloFreeper

I was especially moved by the Temptation scene. I never thought of it before, but the Temptation must have been hard. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be tempting. If Jesus found the Temptation hard then its no wonder I find resisting temptation hard.


22 posted on 03/29/2013 7:02:55 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: SeekAndFind

The angels bothered me only a bit....creative license....The angels were probably strong fighters....Samson didn’t bother me either. In fact, I believe the more laughable sight is a mostly lily white cast with perfect teeth...it would have been nice to see some truly Middle Eastern complexions.

Of course the Lazarus scene was completely bogus.


23 posted on 03/29/2013 7:05:02 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ops33

Yes, the temptation was very well done....short, but effective.


24 posted on 03/29/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Tanniker Smith; SoFloFreeper

Regarding the “Mary” with the disciples; throughout the 4 Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John state that there were others, in addition to the 12, who traveled with Jesus. Take for instance when Jesus sent out the 70 or 72 apostles in pairs to spread His message. Where would those additional 58/60 have come from and known His message if they had not also traveled with him. I see the “Mary” as representing these who are mentioned but often ignored as we center, as Jesus did, on the training of the 12. (of course it didn’t quite take with Judas Iscariot)


25 posted on 03/29/2013 7:07:13 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We watched it...and we joked that it could spawn a relatively successful drinking game called, “Hey That’s Not In the Bible!” (it’s a joke..I’m Irish...gimme a break...)

Having said that, it seemed to me to be (largely) a presentation of a bunch of ripping yarns. I’m sure that out of the millions who watched, more than a few were inspired to pick up the Bible and actually read it - and be spiritually enriched. It would be interesting to know if there has been an uptick in Bible sales since the series aired.


26 posted on 03/29/2013 7:09:05 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: SoFloFreeper
While we have enjoyed watching The Bible mini-series, but there have been some GLARING errors...

Errors designed to alter the truth...

27 posted on 03/29/2013 7:09:42 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Also effective. The actor playing Satan scared the bejeebers out of me.


28 posted on 03/29/2013 7:09:56 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Sherman Logan

If you wish to apply this injunction literally, the entire production should have been in the original languages.

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Revelation 22:19

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


29 posted on 03/29/2013 7:12:07 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Samson is Black? So is his mother? Didn’t show who his father is so hard to tell if he went to Africa to marry an African.

Not totally impossible. The Bible says a "vast mixed company" left Egypt with the Israelites during the Exodus. While their fate is not detailed, it's pretty clear they merged into the Israelites.

The Egyptians had a great many Nubian slaves. It is certainly likely some of them took the opportunity to escape slavery.

Also, there were people we would call Black much closer to Israel than most think. Moses probably married a black woman in what is now NW Saudi, as his sister's later reaction to her appears to have some sort of racial animus involved, with God taking the opportunity to demonstrate his opinion towards racism.

And the trade in slaves was international. Not at all unlikely for a number of Africans to wind up in Israel.

30 posted on 03/29/2013 7:16:35 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mardi59
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy

"This prophecy" is the Book of Revelation. That this statement occurs at the end of our Bible is pure chance based on medieval ordering of the books.

31 posted on 03/29/2013 7:24:27 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SoFloFreeper
I hope that new ‘biblical’ productions don't come off like some of the 50’s and 60’s disasters.

Previous movies often blurred the facts and misrepresented the life and life style of individuals portrayed.

Lots of glitzy and overwhelming props didn't mask bad casting choices, idiotic dialogue and bad acting.

32 posted on 03/29/2013 7:30:17 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, actually it’s place at the end of the bible results from an historical accident: its adoption by the various churches was the slowest.


33 posted on 03/29/2013 7:31:24 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: mardi59

What words of Revelation did the series take away?


34 posted on 03/29/2013 7:39:17 AM PDT by nitzy (You can avoid reality but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of GOD is pure:

He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

6 Add thou not unto His words,

Lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Galatians 1:8 But though me, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

"This prophecy" is the Book of Revelation. That this statement occurs at the end of our Bible is pure chance based on medieval ordering of the books.

Apparently The Creator knew the hearts and minds of His children would in this flesh age always have the need to help Him 'fix' His words when they face the adversary. Moses was the first elected prophet and this warning was given long before the flesh guys came along to fix the order of His Words.

35 posted on 03/29/2013 7:43:58 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: SoFloFreeper
..IMO the approach of this series is the same as that which Republican party is taking--sanitize the message of anything offensive to certain groups

I suppose that this is the cinematic version of the Reader's Digest Bible

After my wife and I saw what they did with the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, we went elsewhere--we'll stick with the Book, thanks...

36 posted on 03/29/2013 7:45:42 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I can’t wait till the History Channel shows the Mohammad Movie that the guy who’s in jail made.


37 posted on 03/29/2013 7:48:34 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: SoFloFreeper
So who looks more like the "real" Samson?


38 posted on 03/29/2013 7:56:16 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: nitzy

I was speaking about changing one word of the bible using Revelation as an example. there is also this:

Galatians 1:6-9
New King James Version (NKJV)
Only One Gospel

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

God wrote the Bible, not man. It is not something that should be picked apart to satisfy ones opinions. Pride goeth before the fall. I am not a scholar, and I would never presume to be one, but if I was God (and I’m definately not) I would not want my book perverted in any way.


39 posted on 03/29/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: ops33

I can just see this at the next Emmy Awards:

“And for Best Actor of a Sitting President....Satan!”


40 posted on 03/29/2013 8:27:48 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: SoFloFreeper

Importantly, Hollywood hasn’t just mastered beating a successful production to death through repetition, but also doing the followups on the cheap, and going in a different direction from the original. Their process is naturally corrupting.

Back in the heyday of pseudo-Biblical movies in the 1950s and 1960s, they cranked out some amazing stinkers, that today are positively cringe-worthy.


41 posted on 03/29/2013 9:12:33 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Bratch

The guy with the long hair and dark skin.


42 posted on 03/29/2013 11:33:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: GreyFriar

Others traveled with them, yes, I know. Although, she seems to be the only extra traveler depicted. Again, I didn’t pause the show and count, but she was singled out more than any of the others. And this has to be the first dramatization that I’ve seen with her at the Last Supper. Maybe I’ve been staring at Da Vinci’s painting too much.


43 posted on 03/29/2013 1:24:31 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Yes, her at the last supper was stretching ‘arstic license’ a bit far. Of course everyone who has read or seen the DaVinci Code “knows” she was there. (sarc)


44 posted on 03/29/2013 1:29:42 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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