It all started on last Tuesday, February 26th at 7:25 PM. I was walking into the Wal-Mart located at the Central Park shopping plaza/area in Fredericksburg, Virginia. There is was, right as you walk through the second set of doors where those 4 foot tall security devices stand. You know the one that make that loud alarm sound when the checkout clerk forgets to “deactivate” the anti-theft device hidden somewhere in one of the items you bought! Normally these security devices are the location for advertisements for upcoming movie and video game releases. I always look at them to see what movies will be releasing soon. Needless to say, I was a bit surprised when I walked in and the advertisement had God in bold, capital letters three times and “The Bible” listed at the bottom. I immediately stopped, looked at the advertisement and took a picture. Of course, what better way to show my excitement than to send it out via social media. Here is a link to the History Channel website: The Bible
I set it out to a few friends and posted it to Facebook, which to my surprise, had quite a few likes in the first 2 minutes….I guess people really do use Facebook and actually look at some of my posts. Anyway, back to the reason for the post. The advertisement was for the series as well as the books Wal-Mart was carrying for you to purchase and follow along with the mini-series. The series is five parts and began last night. I watched it and enjoyed it. Granted there is a lot to cover in just two hours. The first part covered a few centuries.
It would be impossible to capture and completely represent the accuracy of the Bible in just 10 hours. I am sure many will find lots of inaccuracies and faults with the show, but the fact that the same channel that carries “Swamp People,” “Ax Men,” “Pawn Stars,” “Full Metal Jousting,” and “Sex in the Ancient World” is also broadcasting a series called “The Bible” and, to me, looks like they are being true to the book, I am impressed. To go from Creations to Moses freeing the Israelites to Joshua outside the city of Jericho in a two-hour show is not easy to do. Here is what the Wikipedia has listed on their page regarding the first episode: Wikipedia – The Bible (TV Series)
“Noah tells of the creation story while aboard the ark; Abrahamic covenant; the Battle of the Vale of Siddim; Hagar and Ismael; birth of Isaac; Abraham is tested; Sodom and Gomorrah; Moses learns of his roots, kills a soldier, and flees Egypt; God speaks to Moses through the burning bush; Moses returns to Egypt; ten Plagues of Egypt; Moses leads the Israelites in The Exodus; Moses parts the Red Sea; Moses receives the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai; Joshua becomes the leader of the Israelites; the Israelites camp outside of Jericho; Joshua sends spies into Jericho.”
When reading about how Roman Downey and her husband Mark Burnett researched and consulted theologians and religions leaders to help insure accuracy and hold true to the Bible’s message. I wasn’t disappointed.
Like I said, quite a lot to cover in two hours and I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next episode titled “Homeland” on March 10th, 2013.