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Watching the Bible

14 million people tuned in. Can they get turned on?

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Visitor Comments: 15

(13) Deborah Litwack, March 17, 2013 5:49 PM

Network TV should hire Charlie Harary

to do a series on the Bible. His style would touch the masses and turn them on to authentic ideas of the bible!

(12) jeff g., March 14, 2013 5:50 PM

bible stories for dimwits

My wife and I watched most of 1 episode of this series. It was painful! Never mind the bad acting. It's the writers of this drivel who should be sent to sit in the corner, in SOMEONE'S bible class. One can forgive the innacuracies. At least 3 generations of viewers have done so, for Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, et al! But the way they jumped over major events, in order to disrupt the Jewish continuity, wasd unforgivable: We saw Isaac as a young lad, objecting to being sacrificed by his Divine-fevered dad, then running to the comfort of his mom's arms (no room here to enumerate the errors!). Then a big jump over the lives of 2 avot...and nothing until young Moses, living in a time when the Hebrew slaves had supposedly all but forgotten about the covenant with Hashem. And, even worse, the series offers an alternate (and false) "continuity": Episode 1 alluding to Christian prophecy through made-up imagery (e.g. Abraham looks up and sees the silhouettes of 3 angels on a mountain ridge, rather than these visitors walking into his camp like mortal men; and such visitors, for the region! One a tall, noble African and one a sword-wielding samurai! Try to convince me the producers weren't trying to allude to the foreign kings who later come to bear spicy gifts to a certain baby in a barn... Haven't bothered to catch Episode 2. I'd rather pull out my kids' old Prince of Egypt dvd!

Anonymous, March 19, 2013 4:53 PM

Thought I was the only one who didn't like "The Bible".

I'm a Christian who has studied the Torah and the Bible. I thought the acting was AWFUL! I'm not a scholar, but I could tell the series was full of inaccuracies. People who like the series probably have never read the Bible. Otherwise, how can one explain the series' success?

(11) Rebecca C., March 13, 2013 9:32 AM


While I did not see this TV special, I have seen others and heard radio broadcasts about the bible. We might take heart in the idea that people are watching/listening to these, but sometimes historians do shows like this precisely to convince people that the Bible is simply a man-made story, and not the word of God. I'd be hesitant before extolling a TV series about the bible. At least take a critical look at it first.

(10) Anonymous, March 13, 2013 1:46 AM


My husband and I started watching this mini series and had to turn it off because of how bad it was. A highly inaccurate portrayal of the Torah. It was more like an adult recreating the Bible stories he had heard of as a child without actually reading the stories, then adding in some sword fighting ninja angels to destroy the people of Sodom. People can get excited by the Bible without all the additions and "creative license" of this mini series.

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