3/8/2013 – I posted this before I actually viewed “The Bible.” I was a bit disappointed in the first episode. I found the tiny bits of fact-changing irritating in the extreme. It would have been very easy to make every fact accurate. I also found the production very dry, and know I won’t have the same enthusiasm to view the remaining episodes.
One example: We have had many fine adaptations of Moses and Pharoah in films, but very few of Isaac and Jacob, and how the tribes of Israel became twelve in number. I would have much rather they portrayed these stories in some way and cut down on the length of time spent on Abraham and Moses.
I love so many of the old Bible films, “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Barrabas,” “The Robe,” “The Ten Commandments.” Even “Ben Hur,” while not taken directly from the Bible, tells the story of JESUS, and can keep me spellbound for its 212 minutes.
I was thrilled when I heard that The History Channel was going to present a mini-series based on the Bible. Starting this evening, it will be presented on Sunday evenings at 8 o’clock over the course of five weeks. I will be watching.
Here are a few clips from the mini-series: Clips from “The Bible.”