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I spent a considerable amount of time in 2019 to study the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Jeff Cavins' Bible Timeline. That was a serious commitment through 24 sessions of bible study in a guided journey through salvation history. It was a very long (perhaps cause my group doubled the time to complete the material) process learning the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of my faith. It opened my eyes and a new appreciation for the word like never before.

This year I wanted to revisit the readings and video material to deepen my learnings. And I thought for Lent why not re-watch The History Channel mini series - The Bible.

This five-part, ten-hour television docudrama premiered in 2013 on The History Channel with the largest ratings in the history of television, reportedly trumping American Idol. While we think works with religious underpinnings will always draw a crowd, I also discovered it was directed by Mark Burnett from the reality show series "Survivor"! A sure win recipe for television success.

Burnett said, “If you know the Bible, you’ll enjoy seeing the stories come to life. If you’ve never read the Bible, I think you’ll love the stories. There’s a reason the Bible is the most widely read book in the world.”

Because the miniseries has a lot of time to cover—roughly 4,100 years of history in just ten hours—naturally much must be omitted and many events compressed or shuffled. This adaptation had a few things out of order and even a few outright discrepancies with biblical history. But the deviations from the biblical text are generally made to keep the story clear and connected for those unfamiliar with the Bible. The series does not claim to portray the actual words of Jesus but only attempts to convey His message and character in an abbreviated form, while tying in His earthly ministry to the historical context of the Bible.

Other comments from critics includes an almost all white cast, samurai angels and a Satan that resembled Barrack Obama!

The Bible demonstrates the difficulty of remaining faithful to God’s commands and promises through the ages. It presents the Bible’s history as a continuous narrative of God’s plans for us from creation through the covenant people of Abraham and Moses to Christ and the early church, thus showing how Jesus Christ is indeed God’s answer for the sin-guilt of the entire world.

This was my second time watching the series and still I loved how the docudrama’s overall fidelity to Christ’s message in the context of genuine biblical history stands as a powerful testimony to many less biblically literate people who don’t quite see how “Jesus” fits in with “all the other Bible stories.”.

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