Follow Up On The Bible Mini-Series

Follow Up On The Bible Mini-Series – Dealing With Inaccuracies, The Theme and the Positives

This is a follow up to my post on Part 1 of the Bible Miniseries.

As I read everyone’s replies on the site and in on email, there is one obvious consensus, this series left out a lot of details and even had some inaccuracies, such as Lot’s captured being portrayed as a small disagreement between tribes when in fact the Bible states it involved battles between armies of 5 kings against another four. (Gen. 14: 1-11)

And one big glaring fact left out was in story of Sodom. The Bible clearly stated the men were wanting to rape the 2 angels and when Lot refuses, they even threatened they would do worse to him. (Gen 19: 1-11)

I know there’s a lot of people speculating they were trying to be politically correct here and though it appears it could be this way, I’ll wait to I hear their answer to why they decided to reword this scene. It would be disappointing if they were afraid to offend anyone because of this but even it that’s the case, I won’t it stop from watching the rest of it.

As I was doing some research into this, I came across something rather interesting in regard to Lot’s wife.

The Hebrew phrase for “looked back” means more than just turning her heard. It was more to look intently or turning back. It seems she may not have wanted to give up the sinful pleasures of that lifestyle and wasn’t just looking back to see what was happening but didn’t want to give up the sinful pleasures. “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:32-33).

The Story of Moses

I already knew way before watching this it would be a difficult story to do since you could probably do a 10 hour miniseries on this story alone!

So I know there this would be more of a fly by narration of this story but overall, they portrayed the theme of the story accurately.

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The biggest ommision seems to be the pillar of fire protecting the Israelites in the Red Sea.

With all this being said, this series was never intended to be a word for word re-enactment of the Bible but to tell a story.

Look at it this way, if you were to take 20 people and ask them to tell you the story of Abraham, you would get 20 different versions but they would ( or should) all be on similar theme. You should understand the importance of the story and then start to seek out more info and have more questions.

Mark Burnett did say in an interview they had 2 choices. #1 – film most of the stories but in little detail or, #2 do less but spend more time telling those stories and bridge them together as to tell one big story.

The one big story or theme of this series is looking like God’s unfailing love for His people and His plan of redemption. It is the ultimate love story. It is Jesus Christ coming down in the flesh to sacrifice his life so we can have eternal life.

I also believe it is being used as an evangelistic outreach and getting Christians and non-Christians to open up their Bibles. Here are some quotes from others.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, writing an editorial at the Wash. Post.

“The point here is that having the mini-series as a conversation opener in kitchens and board rooms across the nation need not be seen as a threat to pluralism or Scripture itself. The mini-series is a gift in that it calls those who wish to revisit or visit for the first time the stories of Scripture. Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or agnostic this conversation is worth having. If the mediums of television, film, and theater have been used to engage the nation in topics like sexuality, war, violence and power why not the Bible?

One reason I am watching and supporting “The Bible” is because I know that television is often the nation’s number one form of consumption. I know there may be detractors who say but I don’t agree with the rendition in this scene or that. Some would say, “I would’ve done it differently.” That’s fine. But let’s not miss the proverbial forest for the trees. A major Hollywood couple invested their time, energy and gifts to get people talking about the Bible again. With all of the options that television has to offer, some quite toxic, why not an adaptation of the holy Bible? Again, it’s not claiming to be anything other than that. People all over the country right now may be reading their bibles for the first time. This is not a bad thing.”

And Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, writing on his blog.

“We’re living in a dark day when millions of people, including our neighbors and even many of our family and friends, refuse to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Many of these same people refuse to go to church. They refuse to open a Bible. But many of these people watch television. That The Bible may serve as a spark to rekindle or kindle their faith should be a source of great excitement for all of us. I hope people don’t lose sight of the big picture, that this series is designed to turn people to Jesus and to encourage them to dig deeper into their Bibles.”

Let me ask you this…. did you go and read these stories this week?

Did you talk with any unsaved or backslidden brothers and sisters in Christ about this mini-series?

Let me know below. WSK3B79VM8X7


5 Responses to “Follow Up On The Bible Mini-Series”

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  1. Gina F. - March 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    If it encourages just ONE person to get saved then it will be worth it all. If God can use this particular tool to bring people in then who are we to pick it apart?! It’s a far cry from the trash we have to endure on TV. Why aren’t believers taking a stand and criticizing that filth and trash as much as they are “The Bible” mini-series?
    “The Bible” mini-series is telling a BIG picture story. They can not cover every detail in 10 hours. If these stories trigger interest, then the person will find out the details….. if you are asked about the details, THEN share. But please don’t offer discouragement. Be glad people are watching it.

  2. Doris Falkenrath - March 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I understand that Roma Downey and her husband had good intentions by attempting to get people interested in the bible. However, we really have to be careful how we are portraying the word of God. Inaccuracies and false teachings are the ingredients for a confused church, believers, and Christ followers. Most people want to hear and experience the pure word of God minus cheesy fight scenes and Hollywood’s spin on beauty. I have seen the pro-mos on this mini-series and they have gone out of their way to portray Jesus as some kind of runway model. I want to see the authentic Hebrews coming to terms with their sin and disobedience without the sugar coating. The Passion was a great movie but also The Greatest Story Ever Told. Just my opinion.

  3. Kenneth Dietrich - March 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I only watched part of the first series. Aaron was not mentioned as the mouthpiece of Moses, (God) and thus nullifies the priesthood set up by God. The staff of Moses was not shown as the symbol of God’s miraculous power The sequence of events were not accutate nor werethe characters. I realize this was a dramatization and greatly condensed but I believe it is totally mischaracterized and thus gives a really skewed understanding of who God is. After watching the small amount I did, I couldn’t finish watching this way over-hyped film. If someone is to make a true account of the Bible, political correctness needs to be left out because the Word of God is not politically correct.
    Tell it like it is and don’t try to edit God. He doesn’t need the sorry efforts of man to placate a stubborn, rebellious society.

  4. Johnny - March 11, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Wayner Hilliard, I dont know Where you get, your incorrect info from, my suggestion to you Is to start with the author “Louios Berkhoff” on theology and be enlightened.

  5. Jenny B. - March 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I cannot believe all of the negative talk about this movie. It just goes to show that we as a people will work hard and take the time to tear anything apart to prove it wrong in some way, but won’t take the time to go to church. This movie has moved me to reading my bible again. It has brought our family together on a Sunday evening to watch something we can talk about that has some real meaning. Please just watch with an open heart and mind, and who knows…something good might come of it.