I am talking about the so-called epic mini-series that has been airing on the History Channel. Film makers have attempted to bring the entire Bible to the screen.
Now there have been stories from Scripture that have been made into movies. There is the classic The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston played a very good Moses. There have been many attempts at putting the life of Jesus on screen. In 2004, Mel Gibson made the popular The Passion Of The Christ.
The History Channel’s The Bible is the Bible—from the story of creation to the end—on screen. As of this writing, I believe I have seen six hours. Some of it has been good. Some of it…well…. I guess a good deal of dramatic license has been taken. Large portions have been omitted. For example, there is no mention of Joseph. The story of Joseph is good, not to mention important. We go right from Isaac to Moses. A few incidents are included that I do not recall reading. Some details have been changed. A fact or two may have been tampered with. Still, I would recommend the series.
I would also recommend something else. We have all read a book and then seen the movie that was inspired by the book. How often have we thought the book was better than the movie? More often than not, the book is better than the movie. So when it comes to the Bible, I would recommend reading the book. There is no doubt the book is better than the movie.
The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Grace and Peace,