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The Bible Miniseries Score Card

March 3rd was the world premiere of The Bible Miniseries on the History Channel. I attended a preview of the series where Mark Burnett and Roma Downey talked about their dream to produce it and they showed us the clip of the life of Jesus. I was especially impressed with the clip that they showed us and to me it demonstrated that they had captured the important elements The Bible Miniseriesof the big story of the Bible – hence my endorsement of it. 

After watching the first installment of the miniseries, I was some what disappointed. Overall, I think that they still achieved their objective to tell the main story of the Bible. I liked how they demonstrated the need for faith and God‘s faithfulness. I especially liked how they showed Lot’s foolishness to go to Sodom after Abraham rescued him. 

The Flood / Creation, Score: 80/100

I liked how they incorporated the literal seven days of creation while on the ark. They only had so much time to cover a lot of text. I thought it was well done. However, the ark getting a leak was tacky and they lost points for that in my book.

I liked how they portrayed the creation of Adam and also the fall of Adam and Eve. They handled Cain and Abel well – probably because they didn’t have time to elaborate too much.

Sodom / Abraham,  Score: 68/100

The scene with Sodom did a fair, though not great, job of demonstrating the wickedness of the city. The use of swords on the part of the angels was just not in Scripture. The principle of them using swords is biblical. We know that angels do use swords to slay people  (1Chronicles 21:16)  – just not Sodom. 
However, the binding of Isaac was lacking in that he was about twice as old and so it wasn’t Abraham forcefully tying up his son, but his son voluntarily laying down his life, just like Jesus. The scene could have been truer to the word. 

The Exodus, 60/100

Moses looked a bit like a surfer who either had sun stroke or had taken too many drugs. There were many parts of the Exodus story that were changed substantially from the Bible. I was disappointed that scene of Moses and Aaron throwing down their staffs was left out and instead they were beat up – that never happened. I was also disappointed that the crossing of the Red Sea was made to look like the people were over in just minutes and that water was spraying every where. It says that they crossed over on dry ground and they were not pressed for time because the pillar of fire was blocking the way of the Egyptians. 

First Segment, Overall Score: 69/100

I feel that the movie still has educational value for those that are very biblically illiterate. I am persuaded that it has great potential to cause further investigation and my hope and prayer is that despite its faults that many will put their trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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  1. A Warning
    “Revelation 18 For[i] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[j] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[k] his part from the Book[l] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
    Read this blog:
    http://www.the-end-time.blogspot.com/2013/03/watching-bible-miniseries-is-like.html
    Read this blog also: http://www.sunnyshell.org/2013/03/history-channels-bible-exalts-man-over_4.html
    Need I say more?

  2. i was also a bit disapointed myself.I feel like with so much to cover they rushed through most of the story about the exodus. made the isrealites look like there was but a few hundred…when we know there was a few million. Would have rather have seen them do a ten part series on a single bible story this way it would have been more polished.I’ll give it a 5 out of 10 up to this point,hopefully God will use what they have done for his glory! p.s love your teachings doug,they have been a blessing!God bless

  3. I liked the fact that they hinted that Jesus met with Abraham. I’m pretty sure they used the actor that will be Jesus in upcoming episodes.

  4. I also watched part of this and thought the depiction of the Red Sea crossing was poorly portrayed. Didn’t Moses stretch out his arm to part the waters? In the film he puts his staff in the water. The Bible also says God encumbered and confused the Egyptians so that they moved slower.

    On a more humorous note, I kept asking myself two questions: 1) Why do the Isrealites all look like Gieco cavemen and 2) How do they get their teeth so perfectly straight and pearly white?

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