This week captured the part of Jesus life we are all very familiar with, his life with the apostles through his arrest and sentence to death. They showed his healing of the man who couldn’t walk, curing a man of leprosy, walking on water and feeding a crowd of 5,000 people. Through all of this, you could watch the growing concern and almost hatred of Jesus by the religious establishment. Jesus was going against their beliefs and practices…so they thought. Even though he could be seen living up to the prophecies of earlier profits, arrives riding on a donkey, to them He wasn’t who He said he was. Caiphas bribes Judas into betraying Jesus.
Jealousy was building and Jesus was tested, the coin with Caesar’s image, the stoning of an adulterous woman, bringing back Lazarus from the dead. I have read some reviews on the series, and as expected, not all of them are flattering. One such review “History Channel’s The Bible is worse than reality TV” goes into everything they could possible think of to criticize the show, the producers and actors. The actors aren’t famous and one dimensional, they skipped a lot of parts and stories of the bible, the role of women is diminished, the same channel has shows like “Swamp People,” “UFO Hunters,” they skipped the bad stories of the bible, etc. Yes, Alan Yuhas can have his say about the series but it would be nice if he kept it to criticizing the accuracies of the story vice everything else. Saying it left out certain parts of the Bible or it doesn’t focus on the strong, important women of the time doesn’t help me much, it just makes me wonder what he wanted to see….a modern, updated, “politically correct” version of the Bible?
I guess my take is the series’ ratings are great because people want to know. A lot of today’s people, even those who attend Christian churches regularly, don’t read, know, or understand the stories of the Bible or even really understand where their beliefs come from. I know most of the stories of the Bible but can’t say I have read every work of every book. Something like “The Bible” is great for me. It allows me to better understand what I have read, where my beliefs come from, and wanting to dig deeper into the book and either read or re-read those sections again.
Well done Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. This is your greatest work. If you wanted to have the American people talking about Christ, his message, and get back into their beliefs and where they come from, I believe you have succeeded. Are there items in the series that aren’t depicted as I remember or have been taught, yes, but that is no different than some Christians believing Mary had more children after giving birth to Jesus and some don’t.