The 5-night, 10-hour series runs through Easter.
From Genesis to Revelation, the History Channel’s five-night, 10-hour “The Bible” series may prove to be one of the more significant witnessing tools of our lifetime. Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the series begins on Sunday, March 3 and concludes four weeks later on Easter.
“The Bible” has received a lot of attention including positive feedback from many Christians. Indeed, Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO/Secretary General for the World Evangelical Alliance, praised the series in his write up on the Christian Post, noting that it “actually rises to the top of the “wow” scale.” Tunnicliffe previewed the series in full and his organization has endorsed The Bible by partnering with it.
Filmed mostly in Morocco and making use of stunning visual imagery and computer special effects, the series is split evenly between Old and New Testament, bringing to the screen many of the top Bible stories that we know and love.
The series opener, Beginnings, starts off with Noah’s story and then brings in Abraham, Moses and the Israelite’s escape from Egypt. From crossing the Red Sea to the presentation of the Ten Commandments, the first part sets the stage for what is to come. When it concludes on March 31, it may end up being one of the most watched shows on television.
Burnett and Downey developed the series over three and one-half years, and consulted with more than 40 scholars to ensure both Biblical and historical accuracy. Roma Downey was cast as Jesus’ mother, Mary, while Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado played Jesus. The producers also cast Nonso Anozie, a British actor of African descent, to play Samson. The rest of the cast includes many actors of international prominence.
Although airing on consecutive Sundays, the series will air repeat episodes during the week. And, if you want to view the entire series sooner or have it as part of your video library, you can buy it right now from the History Channel for $60. My family plans to watch the entire series and we will wait to make our purchase decision until after the last show airs.
Judging by the interviews we have seen, the stories that we have read and the clips that we watched, we think that The Bible will be uplifting and actually portray each story as God intended. That, alone, will be a blessing indeed!
Photo courtesy of the History Channel.
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