Skip to comments.Why can't 'The Bible' TV series get the Bible right?
Posted on 03/19/2013 8:24:14 AM PDT by fwdude
With Ninja angels in ancient Sodom, the highly publicized TV miniseries "The Bible," which made its national debut Sunday night on the History Channel, does not always stick to Scripture, despite being produced by two famous Christians and having numerous biblical experts as well as Texas megapastor Joel Osteen advising on the project.
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Because most of the defenders of this mini-serious likely believe that the Bible is a book of fables, not worthy of being accurately depicted. They are no different than godless liberals in this respect.
Sad, what Christianity in this country has sunk to. God is no longer esteemed as the awful, ineffable One to whom all creation will one day bow. He is just entertainment, on the level of "Star Trek."
That's my concern. Christianity is being split into two different camps.
One side views God the same way as read in the bible the other side wants to change God into their own image. Look at the mega pastors and how they are changing the meaning of what is said in the bible. Rob Bell comes to mind.
Thank you for that post! I think it should be bumped to the top of every thread for a week.
I think the multi-ethnic casting is great. My daughter who is 9 asked me if the Asian dude was really an angel. She asked me because all the depictions of angels she sees are Caucasians. Nice teaching moment.
As a side note I thought those angels kicking arse was great.
Yep. I question those who think they are infallible in their interpretation. Also, Hollywood knows well that even modern stories have to be adapted as they are translated from medium to medium in order to be effective at holding an audience.
Semitic people are not light skinned blue eyed europeans. Casting a blue eyed light skinned european for a semite is apparently not a problem. But if you cast an Asian or African!! OMG! How PC! How inaccurate!
There were ruddy-complected people with red hair, tribe of Reuben if I'm not mistaken.p Maybe you should take off your PC racial hall monitor hat and go buy yourself a Bible history hat.
I am enjoying the series very much. The nitpicking critics are the only problem but they are the kind of people who wake up in the moring looking for the next thing to be ticked off about.
You have no idea what you are talking about. Do you think all Caucasians are light skinned? Do you think no Semitic people
are light skinned?
I bet you didn’t know that Ramses the Great was red headed.
Do you think Semitic people of ancient Israel were Negros?
Some early Christian Africans would put flour on the dead because every picture they had seen of anyone from the Bible or in heaven was pasty white. Not a brown semite in the entire visual lexicon they were familiar with.
May I honestly ask, at what point, at what crossed line would you begin to criticize such an unbiblical depiction?
Would there be any line at all for you?
So does that cussing and crude language used in public writings.
Do you think people from the Middle east are white or brown? Are sephardic Jews light skinned or dark skinned?
Apparently casting a Irish light skinned freckled red head as an Egyptian or Semite would be A-OK with some! But no Asians or Blacks! LOL!
Lighten up Francis!
you are spewing absolute garbage, I mean absolute nonsense.
Saying white or brown is pure stupidity. In his six volume history of WWII, Winston Churchill visited his troops in North Africa. He said that he was surprised that they were all so dark from the Sun that he would not have known they were British.
What I object to and what you apparently love is misleading people about race. I would guess 90% of the time I see Cleopatra on the media, she will be portrayed as a negro. People like you are trying to mislead people. That is what I object to.
No, the problem is when you try to witness to a lost person, and they read the bible and do not find the angels fought to get out of Sodom, then they question what other lies you or others have been telling them. Why put an obvious lie in the show?
Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek. Semites are born brown, not dark from the sun. Is an Arab light skinned? The people of the Bible would visually and genetically be more similar to an Arab than to a European.
Not that I really think it matters much for a tv show, other than the obvious double standard! Which I find amusing!
I’m going to come down on the side of a positive review. My husband and I are recording it and plan on watching it with our kids who are 11, 9, and 6.
A few years ago, I took a bible overview class (meeting for an hour a week for 40 weeks, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation) and was converted from a “religion-tolerant atheist” to a committed believer in Jesus Christ. In my opinion, the best way to understand the bible is to see it as one continuous story. Watching “The Greatest Story Ever Told” without any context of the Old Testament didn’t make a dent in me. Seeing how it all fit together made all the difference.
I’m not sure this movie is tying everything together very well, but as parents we can fill in some of what we see as important, point out the errors and omissions, and discuss theology on a level the kids can understand. It’s a great place to start.
If the essential point of a bible story or passage were being corrupted I would object. I have not seen that happen in this series yet. Even "Passion of the Christ" added in some extra-biblical content but I't didn't hurt the story at all.
I have no idea why you are so obsessed with different shades of skin color. I have seen many Semitic people who were as white as your typical Scotsman.
They do have certain characteristics but dark color is not one of them. Not to say that some are darker than others just as some are lighter than others.
So ninjas were the only people to use swords?
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