Skip to comments.History Channel Scores a C
Posted on 03/12/2013 5:25:46 PM PDT by Jandy on Genesis
Dramatic and conventional in its portrayal... that's how I characterize the History Channel's presentation of Genesis and Exodus. Did it present Abraham's Horite people faithfully? Not at all. This was a rehash of old interpretations that fail to tell the whole story. In other words, a missed opportunity.
The program clearly stirred interest because after it aired this blog had over 300 reads in less than 30 minutes. The higher traffic continued the following day. People arrived from different search engines with questions like "Who was Abraham's firstborn son?" and "What color was Abraham?"
If you watched the program, try to imagine theses changes:
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“what color was Abraham?”
seriously? Why does anyone think skin color is relevant to Christianity?
I don’t get that, either. However, I’d bet he was kind of dark tan, like most Middle Easterners (or anyone who’s outdoors all the time); and his firstborn son was Ishmael.
I just hope they accurately portray the Christmas Story, where Santa Clause has to go into Baghdad with machine guns to rescue Jesus from Saddam. They just barely get away!
I thought that was Hillary
The second segment last Sunday wasn’t as good as the first. Too long on Samson, a weak strong-man. The fighting scenes looked like a cheap action flick. Hopefully, the next one will be better, particularly when depicting the teachings of Jesus, the Word made flesh.
I remember when the History channel was going to do a program on the War of 1812 and the theme music they played when advertising the program was .... Dixie ... written in 1859 or so.
South Park Santa was a badass!
The assertion that Abraham was Kushite/Proto-Saharan is to say the very least contentious. All of this is based on the notion that Semites and Hamites intermarried to the point of dissolving distinctions between the two. While there certainly are instances of intermarriage between rulers (Sheba, for instance), the notion that the Jews were as Hamitic as they were Semitic is bordering on silly.
The grade is based solely on how long the miniseries’ history matches that of Alice Linsey, who has highly unorthodox (no pun intended) beliefs. She calls herself a “biblical anthropologist” (?) but cites no advanced degree.
All top ten Google hits for Abraham Kushite leads to Alice Lindsley.
Hm, you should watch The Hogfather then.
Diversity ninja angels destroy Sodom for ... partying?, chasing angels?...
And this thing all the “documentaries” are doing of presaging something, then showing it, and then repeating it-especially before asnd after commercial breaks- it’s maddening. You can skip a third of the show and miss nothing.
Action scenes are pathetic.
At least they didn’t show Abraham driving his group in a SUV...
I actually like it.. As for the diversity angels, what makes you think that all angels are white??
The real reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was buried.
And the ninja angels were horrible.
I won’t watch it again.
Dramatizing the Bible is an impossible task to begin with. No way could it be done justice. Every reader of the Bible is attracted to certain parts of the Scripture. So the question becomes, “which part of the story do we highlight?”
It becomes a judgement call by somebody, because you can’t dramatize the whole Bible. Too long.
Of course Biblical drama is always (”The Passion” excepted) disappointing. I am trying to keep the idea foremost in mind that there may be many people who are seeing the “basic” stories of the Bible for the first time. My prayer is that some will have enough curiosity aroused to venture into the Bible on their own. That should be our prayer and hope.
It does have its problems, but we must remember how long it would have to be to explain everything that is in these stories. I just hope that is plants seeds where they are needed most: In the hearts of Americans.
I like it too. Very entertaining.
It was in consideration of it’s possible appeal to children and the very childish that I didn’t rate it F.
Man has dramatized the Bible for centuries and I’ve never seen worse than the first episode which is all I can force myself to warch.
Of course I can’t argue against “any publicity is good publicity”. Pathetic though the show is IMO maybe it will indeed pique someone to the Bible.
The first part was so bad I can’t watch any more. A gross insult to its title.
John Houston’s The Bible is much better.
That is my hope as well.
The series may not be the “work of art” many are longing for.
But I find it to be entertaining. Should the Bible be entertaining? Probably not...but consider that the audience that maybe watching might be intrigued enough to pick up a Bible. Or if the ratings are good enough, other stations might follow suit and do their own series. Sadly, that’s how things start..ratings. Think about it. One station does a reality show...we are flooded with reality shows. One station does a crime drama..we are flooded with them. I pray this pattern holds true.
"Hamitic" if by that you mean Negroid, then no, there was the vastness of the desert separating the Afro-Asian peoples from the Negroids
Btw, for us Aryanic peoples we didn't interact with the Afro-Asiatic peoples until 1900 BC with the Hittites moving south-west, the Indo-Iranis moving south-east.
A Hollywood atheist does better than the Christian producers. What does that say about this production?
Considering it’s the History Channel, I think they are trying to be respectful and I appreciate that.
This thread is as disappointing as the television program.
It is about what I expected although much is cheezy but, it is a good first attempt. They obviously don’t have a big budget so they have to cut corners. Hopefully, some will come to Christ from it.
Pray for America
I think the Hollywood athiest had more talent and a bigger budget. :^)
A new version of Ben Hur is on the new Ovation channel. It think it will be on Sunday.
The Vikings- C-
Hatfield and McCoys- A-
I finally turned off for good after they rolled out a Rastafarian Sampson.
Yeah, they should have saved the “diversity” card until a later episode. Might have kept the audience a bit longer.