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History Channel Scores a C
Just Genesis ^ | March 4, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley

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:

(Excerpt) Read more at jandyongenesis.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bible; bibleseries; exodus; genesis; historychannel; markburnett; moviereview; romadowney; thebible

1 posted on 03/12/2013 5:25:46 PM PDT by Jandy on Genesis
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To: Jandy on Genesis

“what color was Abraham?”

seriously? Why does anyone think skin color is relevant to Christianity?


2 posted on 03/12/2013 5:29:57 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

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.


3 posted on 03/12/2013 5:32:30 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Don't panic until Rrrod panics.)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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!


4 posted on 03/12/2013 5:34:41 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn
to go into Baghdad with machine guns to rescue Jesus from Saddam. They just barely get away!

I thought that was Hillary

5 posted on 03/12/2013 5:38:40 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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.


6 posted on 03/12/2013 5:41:33 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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.


7 posted on 03/12/2013 5:58:22 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: KoRn

South Park Santa was a badass!


8 posted on 03/12/2013 6:12:00 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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.


9 posted on 03/12/2013 6:15:37 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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.


10 posted on 03/12/2013 6:22:19 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Jandy on Genesis

All top ten Google hits for Abraham Kushite leads to Alice Lindsley.


11 posted on 03/12/2013 6:23:22 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dynachrome
South Park Santa was a badass!

Hm, you should watch The Hogfather then.

12 posted on 03/12/2013 6:24:05 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

Just awful.
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.

D+
At least they didn’t show Abraham driving his group in a SUV...


13 posted on 03/12/2013 6:34:35 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith; All

I actually like it.. As for the diversity angels, what makes you think that all angels are white??


14 posted on 03/12/2013 6:43:24 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Third Parties are for losers.)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

The real reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was buried.

And the ninja angels were horrible.

I won’t watch it again.


15 posted on 03/12/2013 6:47:57 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: mrsmith

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.


16 posted on 03/12/2013 6:52:19 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Jandy on Genesis

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.


17 posted on 03/12/2013 6:54:17 PM PDT by Racer1
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To: KevinDavis

I like it too. Very entertaining.


18 posted on 03/12/2013 6:54:40 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: KevinDavis

It was in consideration of it’s possible appeal to children and the very childish that I didn’t rate it F.


19 posted on 03/12/2013 6:55:05 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: WVNan

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.


20 posted on 03/12/2013 7:06:49 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

The first part was so bad I can’t watch any more. A gross insult to its title.


21 posted on 03/12/2013 7:17:08 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change

John Houston’s The Bible is much better.


22 posted on 03/12/2013 7:28:01 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: WVNan

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.


23 posted on 03/12/2013 9:01:25 PM PDT by berdie
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To: dangus
well, it is a probability -- after all Semitic languages are part of the Afro-Asian languages which include Berber, Coptic, Amharic and Semitic

"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.

24 posted on 03/12/2013 9:10:23 PM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: cradle of freedom

A Hollywood atheist does better than the Christian producers. What does that say about this production?


25 posted on 03/12/2013 9:35:35 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Jandy on Genesis

Considering it’s the History Channel, I think they are trying to be respectful and I appreciate that.


26 posted on 03/12/2013 9:37:46 PM PDT by Dogbert41
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To: Jandy on Genesis

This thread is as disappointing as the television program.


27 posted on 03/12/2013 9:38:18 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: count-your-change

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


28 posted on 03/13/2013 6:11:21 AM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: count-your-change

I think the Hollywood athiest had more talent and a bigger budget. :^)


29 posted on 03/13/2013 6:07:25 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Racer1

A new version of Ben Hur is on the new Ovation channel. It think it will be on Sunday.


30 posted on 03/13/2013 6:12:45 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Jandy on Genesis
The Bible- D+

The Vikings- C-

Hatfield and McCoys- A-

31 posted on 03/13/2013 6:15:46 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: bimboeruption

I finally turned off for good after they rolled out a Rastafarian Sampson.


32 posted on 03/13/2013 6:17:09 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: catfish1957

Yeah, they should have saved the “diversity” card until a later episode. Might have kept the audience a bit longer.


33 posted on 03/14/2013 8:34:13 PM PDT by WVNan
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