‘The Bible’ Miniseries is More Miniseries Than Bible

20 Mar

So suggests Paul Harvey in a pointed essay which notes, among other things,

When last we checked in on The Bible, I had noted that the series was, to me, off-key, not quite appropriate for any of the possible audiences, save for one: those who appreciate cheesy shows on television. The critics have mostly panned the show; biblical scholars have picked apart its inability to capture the complexity and strangeness of the biblical stories and its hopeless whitening of the biblical world; and conservative viewers (on the show’s Facebook page, among other places) have complained about liberties taken with the text.

But there must be a lot of cheeseheads, because the show continues to bring in very strong ratings. The second episode was down, somewhat, from the first (from over 14 million viewers for the first to over ten million for the second), but it still led the ratings for that evening and was the 11th rated show for the week. (I should add here that the series Hatfields and McCoys actually did much better, for what that’s worth).

Cheeseheads… now that’s fun. Here’s more-

… in thinking through the Old Testament section, the parallels between The Bible and The Lord of the Rings grew unmistakably clear. Here, David is Frodo, a sprightly lad who bests Ent-like opposition with his sling; and Daniel, another Hobbit-ish young man who invokes faith in order to continue the quest. Various white-haired prophets serve as Gandalf, and the countless stormtroopers on the side of the enemies of our heroes, with their carts and battering rams constantly battering at the imperiled gates of our heroes. The portentuous music, rapid-cut pacing, and nearly nonstop action sequences also resemble the parallel epic tale as told in the recent movie. So does the exclusion of women, who in this miniseries are mostly there as villains (Hagar, Bathsheba, and of course the infamous Delilah) or as virginal princesses awaiting their turn to be given to the hero. At least Lord of the Rings had some female heroes. The Bible does, of course, but The Bible, miniseries, does not.

Read the whole. And if you REALLY want to know what the Bible is about, read it. Forget the miniseries, because it’s just misleading you.  Read it, and don’t bother with a reality tv show producer’s take on it.


Posted by on 20 Mar 2013 in Bible



4 responses to “‘The Bible’ Miniseries is More Miniseries Than Bible

  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador

    20 Mar 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Jim, the thing that really disappointed me was that I was anxiously waiting for the Joseph and Mary episode longing for an explanation as to why “burying a statue of St. Joseph in one’s for sale property, makes it sell faster and with more profit”, but there was nothing of the sort, which is proof that they skip major areas of people’s interests. But I guess we have already concluded that the show is not perfect after all!
    I’m glad, however, that they portrayed the Devil with an Obama double, but sad that they missed the opportunity to portray Jesus with a Pay Ryan double… Not perfect at all!


  2. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador

    20 Mar 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Paul Ryan


  3. CS

    20 Mar 2013 at 1:25 pm

    And no, the casting of characters is not stereotypical at all, and – heaven forfend – especially not racist: WHITE Jesus and DARK skinned Satan. But well – of course! And now this: