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March 17, 2013

The Fellowship of the King

Filed under: Religion — Steve Ruis @ 9:16 pm
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The History Channel is running a lavish miniseries called “The Bible.” This loving paean to the Prince of Peace, the God of Love, of course, comes with a viewer warning concerning violence.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The current successes of The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and The Hobbit, show that we have an insatiable fondness for fantasies.

It also doesn’t surprise me that they have a follow-up made for TV movie called “Barabbas.” This odious story was inserted in the scriptures solely because the writer wanted to blame Jews for the death of Jesus, somehow trying to make us believe that the Roman Empire did anything at the behest of Jewish leaders, especially their religious leaders. Amazing. The odds of it being true are approximately zero. The producers of the miniseries and MFTV movie have the same problem as most protestants, an unwillingness or incapability of understanding the text’s original contexts and how and why such texts get adulterated. Of course, even if they did understand, one wouldn’t expect them to not pander to the mistaken understandings of their anticipated audience.

But one should never get in the way of a good story, what? Or good stories, I guess I should say. Especially when there is substantial money to be made doing it.



  1. Have you watched it? Lame script and over-acted. It is nicely photographed, but you can’t expect quality from the producer of “Survivor”.


    Comment by Invisible Mikey — March 18, 2013 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  2. It hasn’t made it down south yet, but does it include the talking donkey in Numbers?


    Comment by john zande — March 18, 2013 @ 6:08 am | Reply

    • Gosh, I hope so and I hope Eddie Murphy gets the role! He did such a great job in all of the Shrek movies!

      Thus far I have only seen the adverts and read an interview with the producers and I don’t think I can view/stomach the episodes. The Disneyfication of the Bible? Isn’t that what our fundamentalists have been trying to do for the last 100 years and now these people are helping out. My guess is that the vast majority of the Christian viewers will be imprinted with these tales as they don’t bother to read the damned book! You know, the “I’ll wait until the movie comes out.” generation.



      Comment by stephenpruis — March 18, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply

      • 🙂


        Comment by john zande — March 18, 2013 @ 8:19 am | Reply

        • Thank you, thank you very much . . . (Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the stadium! )


          Comment by stephenpruis — March 18, 2013 @ 8:32 am | Reply

          • Saw the adverts, read an interview with the producers, couldn’t stomach watching. I mean, the Disneyfication of the Bible? WTF?


            Comment by stephenpruis — March 18, 2013 @ 8:34 am | Reply

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