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Sacred mystery: Blockbuster ratings
for ‘The Bible’ confound Hollywood

Washington Times, by Daniel Wattenberg

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 3/15/2013 3:58:46 PM

Sure, it’s easy to criticize Hollywood, but try to remember that the entertainment industry today is an intellectually demanding environment, fraught with cognitively challenging, even intractable, questions, like, to take one recent example: How can the cable mini-series “The Bible” be such a ratings hit when there is no audience for overtly religious entertainment programming? According to the latest Nielsens, released Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on broadcast network NBC … during the entire week.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Susieq1, 3/15/2013 4:14:32 PM     (No. 9227012)

Watched the first show but there was so much left out. The story did not flow and there were things added that are not bibical.

If you are going to watch something of this genre you need to know your Bible and not take it at face value.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 3/15/2013 4:19:59 PM     (No. 9227019)

God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 3/15/2013 4:32:38 PM     (No. 9227042)

No way all the Bible could be displayed in 20 hours. This was/is meant to create an appetite for God´s Word, to individually open the Bible and read it for yourself, knowing God is able to open our eyes/ears to His will/way for man to live in this world and eventually spend eternity with Him because He loves US, gave Himself to provide the way to His Kingdom.

The media has selfishly presented their liberal agenda that agrees with Obama, not seeking to speak truth, leading US to God, His plan for US.

Look at what the media continues to do at Christmas time, negating Christ from the most observed holiday holy day).

Wake up America!

We are being blessed with another opportunity to fill our churches, gather our families together to express our appreciation for all God has done for US through Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son, and His Holy Spirit, ever to deliver US from all evil, here and abroad! Amen

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ArtieC, 3/15/2013 4:36:53 PM     (No. 9227046)

I found Noah´s Scottish accent interesting, but was puzzled by Samson, who was a Danite, being portrayed by a black man. Now Samson may have had a swarthy skin, he certainly would not have had Negro features.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: artman1746, 3/15/2013 4:42:44 PM     (No. 9227053)

Watched the first episode . Politically correct. Protected the homosexual image. The Bible account has the citizens of Sodom and Gommorah as rife with homosexuals roaming the streets in search of "fresh meat". ( very similar to what we see today with homosexuals gathering in bath houses and frequenting roadside parks and public restrooms in search of anonymous sex).

The citizens in the movie were portrayed as bad men wanting to assault Lot´s relatives and their "guests". No hint of homosexuals on the prowl as in the biblical account. Wonder why?? (Can´t criticize those homosexuals!)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wilki029, 3/15/2013 4:45:15 PM     (No. 9227058)

You go, God! And take that, you hollyweirdos! I( Iknow, it´s hard to tell how I feel about the losers on the Left Coast.)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 3/15/2013 4:51:31 PM     (No. 9227071)

Whatever.
I surfed passed it one night, Samson was a burly black man with dreadlocks, no muscle tone. The Philistines, otoh, were all Anglo-Romans looking bunch.
WT???
Seems someone had either confused the modern Rastas with the Nazarite and/or feel the need to rewrite the book to put some Afrikaans in to the Bible and made white people the bad guys.

This thing is as authentic as Kwaannzaa.

I kept surfing and hadn´t stopped on that program again since....



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Reply 8 - Posted by: trapper, 3/15/2013 5:55:50 PM     (No. 9227144)

FTA: "How can the cable mini-series “The Bible” be such a ratings hit when there is no audience for overtly religious entertainment programming?"

That´s easy. Because there IS an audience for overtly religious TV. Religious programming brings in the people who refuse to watch the pagan and anti-Christian dreck that usually fills the airwaves. There is a HUGE untapped and un-served potential audience out there. But Hollywood will learn nothing from this. Eyes but cannot see. Ears but cannot hear.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Achilles, 3/15/2013 6:09:03 PM     (No. 9227156)

The two angels visiting Lot were cool. Of course, they had ninja powers. When I imagine what angels would look like, they always have armor on. The angels were asian and african, but if people are made in G-d´s image, then G-d and most likely his angels have similarities and features of all the world´s races.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rakasha, 3/15/2013 6:18:39 PM     (No. 9227166)

I think Bible-believing, Word-studying Christians should not expect the televised version of The Bible to be written for us. This is ´Bible 101´, or ´Introduction to the Word´ if you will. We should not expect it to be comprehensive so long as it is comprehensible. Judging by the response of people who have not considered the Bible before, this presentation is a good thing.

#6, Please consider that the producers may have had in mind keeping the show available to younger viewers.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NYbob, 3/15/2013 8:22:06 PM     (No. 9227347)

Of course the town that produces ´entertainment´ like Criminal Minds, is confused. What do you think the percentage is of Hollywood movers and shakers who know the Bible, had any religious training or attend church?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: M Stuart, 3/15/2013 9:24:12 PM     (No. 9227425)

Well said #4.

I heard a comment about the show, and I told the critical person that it was for "LoFo" Bible studies. It is to reach people who are not scholars but who need to hear about GOD. I thought it was well done. If I want to get in depth Hebrew studies, I´ll go for Michael Rood or some of the others.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 3/15/2013 11:10:10 PM     (No. 9227533)

I´ve been enjoying the show. It is not meant to be a word for word dramatization of The Bible. That would be impossible. It is meant to introduce people to The Bible. That a black actor played Samson didn´t bother me. He´s just an actor playing a part. One of my favorite movies is The Ten Commandments and I don´t think that was completely historically accurate either.

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