New TV Series (coming soon): The Bible

Mar 8, 2013

Discussion by: itraining
The web site posted an article about a new 5 part television series screening soon on The History Channel. The official web site is here:

From Introducing, The Bible: Ten hours of dramatic TV re-enactments of history’s most famous book. The Bible is the brainchild of reality TV czar Mark Burnett and his actress-wife Roma Downey. It has a huge budget, so expect polish and high drama in the mould of historical epics like Game of Thrones. There will be violence. There will be deception. There will be fire. But don’t expect the sexier elements of a Game of Thrones, what with the Sean Bean beheadings and the sex between siblings and such. The Bible screens in America on the History Channel and has generated a whirlwind of publicity, thanks in large part to Burnett’s reputation, but also on the back of huge celebrity backing.

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13 comments on “New TV Series (coming soon): The Bible

  • 2
    sidonuk says:

    We know that god had no contempories, since nobody has claimed that role. That being so ‘someone’ else must have invented the idea of a god. Who was this someone else? This ‘someone’ else gives the lie to the existence of a god. Am I wrong?

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  • I’m guessing they’ll play down the requirements to stone people to death! That, and all the other instances of ludicrous content. It will be some form of sanitized narrative that sits well with western 21st century sensibilities. I predict a lot of rewriting, otherwise it will just appear way to silly!

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    Alan4discussion says:

    In reply to #3 by sidonuk:

    We know that god had no contempories, since nobody has claimed that role.

    The link at 2 suggests Yahweh had two contemporaries – Asherah and Baal – and none of them dated back to the earliest religions.

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    Reckless Monkey says:

    I hope they make it true to the book. For example the talking donkey (they could use Eddie Murphy doing Donkey from Shriek) or Jacobs ladder with angels climbing up and down from heaven. Of course it was a dream.

    He came to the place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!

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  • Iv’e often thought that a graphic novel version of the bible (very dark and gritty, exploring all the dirt thats actually in there) might actually be a pretty cool read, a “game of thrones” style TV series that followed those lines would be pretty cool too. (Provided, it stuck to the dark, gritty and dirty that is the bible at any rate.)

    I wouldn’t bet my worst enemies testicles that that version is what they have in mind though…

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    Brampton says:

    I watched a little bit of the Sodom and Gomorrah episode with my young daughter. Fortunately, they conveniently left out Lot offering his daughters to the mob. Probably because the mob didn’t want to “know” the angels, they just wanted to kill them.
    My daughter was much bemused when God turned Lot’s wife into salt merely for turning around.
    Probably not worth watching; no laughs at all.

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    susanlatimer says:

    What’s next on the History Channel? The Seven Voyages of Sinbad? Theseus and the Minotaur? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

    South Park said it right. “The History Channel… where the truth.. is history.”

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  • 11
    Unbiased Bias says:

    I have read biblical literature extensively and just because the bible records certain events such as incest does not mean the bible condones such acts.

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    N_Ellis says:

    When I first read the bible I thought it was too preposterous to be made up.
    On reflection however, I decided it was too preposterous to be true.

    It is not at all surprising this is being brought to us by a “reality TV czar”, no one else would produce such unreal, trashy, and intellectually insulting material.

    “There will be violence. There will be deception. There will be fire”, … but very few facts

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  • I have to say, I shuddered when I saw this. My main objection is that the history channel would air this. Tangential, that someone is STILL trying to make the bible ‘hip’ (I speak as an ex-preacher). My fundamentalist family whom are slowly, I believe, coming to the conclusion that I am an atheist, have been trying to get me to watch said tripe since it premièred. Thank insert deity here that I only have basic cable 😀

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