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 of 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 ‘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.