Bible Mini Series on History Channel – Part 1

Thoughts On The Bible Mini-Series – Part 1

It appears the Bible mini-series exceeding all expectations and actually out pulled CBS 60 minutes in drawing more viewers, 13.1 million to 11.95 million. Now that is simple phenomenal, especially since this is on the History channel. It’s rare to see a cable show outperform a major network show. Praise the Lord!

Here are some numbers via the Blaze.

  • 13.1 million watched the premiere episode of the miniseries (14.8 million total viewers in the two airings)
  • 4.6 million adults (25-54) tuned in, beating everything the big four networks offered in prime time
  • The number one cable entertainment telecast of the year.
  • The Bible was #1 trending term on Twitter leading up to the show
  • History.com’s biggest day ever

To no one’s surprise, it appears the liberal writers were not  impressed with the first episode but from what I read from the Christian community, it appears this was a big hit.

There were some complaints of leaving out some facts due to time contraints in telling the stories or adding in things, such as Sarah finding out Abraham was going to offer Isaac as a sacrifice when the Bible doesn’t give any details on that.

The 2 people behind it, Roma Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett have both been outspoken in trying to get more people to increase their Bible literacy and get people motivated to get into the Bible themselves.

We should never expect any movie, TV show/series or even church to take the place of growing in our Bible knowledge which I believe is a problem in the American church today.

Too many people are relying on church programs and pastors messages instead of getting into the Bible themselves.

This is one reason Mike and I started Bible Knowldge to help give people some solid foundation to grow and propel them into reading the Bible.

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And this was even backed up by Bill Hybels of Willow Creek after he commissioned a big study a few years ago. He said;

“We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have … taught people, how to read their bible between service, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.”

He has basically found out his congregation was reliant on the church for their spiritual growth. Backwards, yes. But to his credit, he at least came out and admitted it.

I am praying God will use this and put in people’s hearts a desire to seek out the truth.

I know as I watched the show, I was asking myself, Did that happen this way? I need to go look this up.

I admit it’s been awhile since I have been in the early part of the Old Testament but I am going to follow along with the story lines for the upcoming weeks.

I’m also going to have a Bible mini-series study in the next month with some friends where we’ll all get together and watch all 10 hours in one day and have a Bible study and good time of fellowship.

This is also a good outreach to talk with our unsaved friends or family members. It’s a good opener to see if they watched the show, what they thought, answer their questions and encourage them to continue watching or to start watching.

I know when the Passion of the Christ came out, I saw a friend get saved after going to the movie and also had reports from other friends where they had some unsaved friends and family come to Christ because of the movie!

As I was researching reviews, I came across one that I thought was well written and said it better than I could 🙂

So hat tip out to Faithful Provisions.

I know that there has been a fair amount of controversy surrounding the series because of some inaccuracies that have been made in the interest of creative license and, I’m sure, in what had to be a monumental task of getting the Word from the scroll to the screen. While I would certainly love to have seen it be a completely accurate rendering, I look at it this way:

1. The series challenges my Bible knowledge. When I caught myself thinking, “Wait a minute….” I went straight to my Bible for a fact check. That’s good for me!

2. It provides teaching moments. A lot of you were posting on Facebook last night about the opportunities you were having with your kids for some great discussions. That’s what I hope to be doing with my kids as they grow older, always guiding them to go to the Word for clarification, whether they are watching a Bible movie or listening to a pastor at church.

3. Millions of people were watching. When I think of the impact this will have on nonbelievers, and how God will use it to introduce Himself and His Word to them, I’m absolutely amazed. I believe that the heart intention behind this production was sincere. More than ever, today’s technology and cinematography allow for the mighty power of God, His magnificence, and His omnipotence, to be dramatized like never before. Of course, that will never be captured accurately in a movie, but I would definitely say that this is coming closer than any thing before it.

I know I would love to see a follow up where they would do one big movie or mini-series for each of these stories. There is so much to tell here that 30 minutes really doesn’t do it justice.

Mike and I would often believed God would anoint some talented Christians to start producing  great quality faith based movies, which we are starting to see and also, great shows based on the Bible stories.

And with these great ratings, we pray it will inspire more Christians in Hollywood to start producing more shows based on the stories and men and women of the Bible.

So what were your thoughts?

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  1. Lynn - March 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I was kind of disappointed in the movie. There were just too many stories crammed in such a short period of time. Too many details were left out. I also felt like they were trying to be politically correct as well, not revealing why the angels in Sodom were being pursued. I felt like if I didn’t already know my bible stories, I would have been lost. It would have been better if they had given thirty mins or one hour for each story. It left me longing for “The Ten Commandments”.

  2. Ken Dietrich - March 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I watched the first installment of The Bible on the History channel. I am glad to see this type of programing but I think the advertisement was incorrect. The movie is definitely made for entertainment and is not Biblically accurate. As I understood the advertisement, I thought it was to be an accurate account of Bible history. I think this film will raise many questions and concerns about the authenticity of God’s word by less informed or new believers. If a movie is made for entertainment, then that is how it should be advertised.

  3. Patti Reavis - March 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Since I have been studying Genesis for 6 months, it was very difficult to enjoy the movie. Many inaccuracies and much of the important points were left out. That said, it would be a great way to bring out the point of accuracy in a movie vs the Word. I thought it would be more accurate b/c of the many Bible scholars who supported the movie.

  4. Min. D.A. Crawley - March 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I enjoyed the first episode. No they were not very accurate, but I beleive that if it causes someone to read the Bible for themselves, then the accuratecy wont really matter. I enjoyed the “ninja-angel” fights.
    I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the mini-series without making a big “fuss” about it like some “christians” do.
    Chill out and let Gods word go forth, it wont return void!

  5. Connie - March 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    These are the board of advisors for the series. Red red flags. Pray for wisdom, knowledge and discernment. We are truly in the end of days.

    Board of Advisors
    Joel Osteen / Lakewood Church
    Joel Osteen is the Pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, America’s largest and fastest growing church. Osteen’s message reaches 47,000 weekly church attendees and millions watch his weekly TV program which airs in over 100 nations around the globe. Osteen has written multiple New York Times Bestsellers and since 2004, his over 100 “Night of Hope” events have routinely drawn near sellout crowds to venues across America and the globe including both Yankee and Dodger Stadium.

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    Rick Warren/Saddleback
    Rick Warren is the founder and head Pastor of the Saddleback Church in California, reaching over 20,000 individuals every week. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller A Purpose Driven Life, selling over 30 million copies. Warren is the founder of Pastors.com through which his bi-weekly newsletter reaches a network of over 100,000 pastors and ministry leaders in the US. Saddleback’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan helps millions in need worldwide by promoting spiritual, social, medical and educational development in area of need. In 2009, Barak Obama asked Pastor Warren to give the invocation at his Presidential Inauguration.

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    Rev. Samuel Rodriguez/National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
    Rev. Rodriguez is head of both the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (America’s largest Hispanic Christian organization with over 30,000 member churches) and the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals. CNN named Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement”. The Wall St. Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list.

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    Donald William Wuerl/ Archdiocese of Washington D.C.
    Cardinal Wuerl is the sixth and current Archbishop of Washington, serving since 2006. He previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (1986-87) and Bishop of Pittsburgh (1988-2006). He was created a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Cardinal Wuerl attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was a Basselin Scholar at Theological College. He there earned a Bachelor’s degree (1962) and Master’s degree (1963) in philosophy. He continued his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He earned a master’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1967. After ordination, he studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, obtaining his doctorate in theology in 1974.

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    Bishop T.D. Jakes / The Potter’s House
    Bishop T.D. Jakes is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, a global humanitarian organization and church with over 30,000 members and 50 outreach ministries. Television coverage of his weekly church services and sermons can be seen nationwide on, “The Potter’s Touch,” airing weekly on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television and the Daystar Television Network. Jakes’ annual ministry event titled “MegaFest” boasts more than 100,000 attendees. On top of having authored more than 30 books, Jakes was named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine and was honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award.

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    Dr. Cynthia Hale/Ray of Hope
    Dr. Cynthia Hale is the Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church and one of the nation’s leading ministers. Selected by, then Senator, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, Dr. Hale gave the opening invocation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. She also served as Co-Chair for “Women in Ministry for Obama.” In July 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

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    Richard Mouw/Fuller Theological Seminary
    Richard Mouw is the President and Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the largest multidenominational seminaries in the world. Mouw also serves as the President of the Association of Theological Schools. A philosopher with a PhD from the University of Chicago, he is the author of 17 books and a panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek online forum “On Faith.”

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    Dr. Miroslav Volf/Yale University
    Dr. Miroslav Volf is a Professor at the Yale Divinity School and founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Volf studied at Fuller Theological Seminary. His book ‘Exclusion and Embrace’ was selected as among the 100 Books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. He regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. Professor Volf is a fellow of Berkeley College, Yale.

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    Anthony Basil Taylor/ Diocese of Little Rock
    Bishop Anthony B. Taylor was appointed Roman Catholic Bishop of Little Rock in the USA by Pope Benedict XVI on 10 April 2008. He was ordained a priest on 2 August 1980 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in biblical theology in 1989 from Fordham University.
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  6. Tracy - March 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Am excited about this mini-series. Yes, there were some parts left out, however, this is only 10 hours long and, well, the bible is stretched to over, what? ten thousand years?

    Hagar was sent away after Isaac was weaned, which in that day was when the child was 3-5 years of age. So, Ishmael was in this late teens, and not still a boy.

    Sarah was not with, nor did she follow, Abram to the mountain to sacrifice Isaac, and for that matter, did Abram question the order of God, and did Isaac beg for his life and shun his father afterwards?

    Whatever happened to Moses’ wife and his father-in-law? I wonder if he was spending his time in the desert alone in a makeshift tent when he was called by God?

    I did have a problem with the crossing of the Red Sea. The bible clearly states that the Jews WALKED on DRY ground. I feel that was a very important point.

    There were other contridictions that bothered me. However, as others have commented, I did go back to my bible to look up those things that I did not agree with. That was a very good thing, for it brought those truths to the forefront and helped make me even more aware of what God’s word teaches. It’s not enough to read the Bible, we must study the Bible. There are hundreds of little nuggets in those wonderful books that we might otherwise just “skim” over.

  7. Connie - March 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    So, In response to my own post with the “advisors” to this series: This should red flag all. This may be why there are things being left out? Why was it put on the History Channel in the first place? This was my first raise of the eyebrow. May I ask that you all pray as your watching? God said not to change a tittle of His Word. This is just a comma. A tittle is a comma! That is how important this is to God. These advisors do this consistantly. Again, Red Flags. We are truly in the end of days. Pray for wisdom, knowlede and discernment. We truly need all 3. Jesus and your Bible is your BEST source 🙂

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