The Bible (2013 miniseries)

The Bible (in English The Bible is an American miniseries produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and inspired by the Bible .

Summary

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  • 1 Premiere
  • 2 Description
  • 3 Production
  • 4 Acting cast
  • 5 Episodes
    • 1 1. At the beginning
    • 2 2. Exodus
    • 3 3. The promised land
    • 4 4. Kingdom
    • 5 5. Survival
    • 6 6. Hope
    • 7 7. Mission
    • 8 8. Treason
    • 9 9. Passion
    • 10 10. Value
  • 6 Reception
  • 7 Sources

Premiere

The production of ten episodes premiered on March 3 , 2013 on Canal History. Burnett said the ten-hour series project was the “most ambitious” job since Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. The production marks Burnett’s first job. Apart from the main producers, The Bible has the collaboration of Richard Bedser and the historians Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbsas executive producers. The first episode was watched by 13.1 million viewers registering the highest audience level of 2013. The second episode attracted the attention of 10.8 million and the third episode was audience leader on Sunday night with 10.9 million. As for demographics, 4.2 million viewers were between 25 and 54 years old, while 3.5 were between 18 and 49.

Description

The series spans from Genesis to Revelation in a single narrative divided into five two-hour parts in which each three stories from the Bible are explained through scenes recreated using live action and CGI. According to Burnett, the series is made up of the following best-known stories such as: Exodus, Noah’s Ark, and the birth, death, and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ. Five hours in duration belong to the Old Testament and another five to the New Testament. The series is based on the New International Version and the New Standard Version of the book.
Speaking to Christianity Today, the producers said they have “high hopes” that the series will bring younger generations closer to the Bible.

Production

In May 2011 , the New York Times reported that Downey, Burney, and their production team were selecting Bible stories for the series. Production started in 2012 being the premiere for the following year. The budget was less than $ 22 million. To make sure the plots were accurate, they called researchers and theologians and academic advisers. Filming took place in Morocco .
Burnett and Downey consulted with various pastors and scholars, including Joel Osteen, Joshua Garroway (rabbis at the Hebrew Union College) and a Catholic cardinal. Geoff Tunnicliffe from the World Evangelical Alliance went through the scripts and visited the set to make sure the result was a single message from the entire series that he was satisfied with. The president of the association Focus on the Family: Jim Daly praised the couple’s effort for their work and suggested they “take” the Bible to Hollywood to tell the story without mentioning Jesus Christ , however they rejected the offer.
In the days leading up to the series premiere, Downey and Burnett authorized The Wall Street. Journal to carry out an editorial opinion in which the press commented that the teaching of the Bible in American public schools should be obligatory, since “the foundations of the knowledge of the old world are biblical in their origins.

Acting cast

The cast of the series is made up of several international actors to prevent the public from being distracted when they recognize one of them. Most of them come from London’s West End Theaters.
The following list shows the actors with their respective number of appearances (one hour = one episode)

  • Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ (5 episodes)
  • Darwin Shaw as Saint Peter (5 episodes)
  • Paul Brightwell as Malco (4 episodes)
  • Roma Downey as Mother Mary (4 episodes)
  • Greg Hicks as Pontius Pilate (4 episodes)
  • Sebastian Knapp as Juan (4 episodes)
  • Amber Rose Revah as Maria Magdalena (4 episodes)
  • Adrian Schiller as Caiaphas (4 episodes)
  • Andrew Brooke as Antonios (3 episodes)
  • Louise Delamere as Claudia (3 episodes)
  • Matthew Gravelle as Tomás (3 episodes)
  • Simon Kunz as Nicodemus (3 episodes)
  • Joe Wredden as Judas Iscariot (3 episodes)
  • Fraser Ayres as Barabbas (2 episodes)
  • Paul Marc Davis as Simon (2 episodes)
  • Paul Freeman as Samuel (2 episodes)
  • Will Houston as Moses (2 episodes)
  • Melia Kreiling as Bathsheba (2 episodes)
  • Dhaffer L’Abidine as Uriah (2 episodes)
  • Francis Magee as Saúl (2 episodes)
  • With O’Neill as Pablo de Tarso (1 episode)
  • Leila Mimmack as Maria (Young) (2 episodes)
  • Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan (2 episodes)
  • Gary Oliver as Abraham (2 episodes)
  • Andrew Scarborough as Joshua (2 episodes)
  • Clive Wood as Natán (2 episodes)
  • Hara Yannas as Michal (2 episodes)
  • Jassa Ahluwalia as David (young) (1 episode)
  • Nonso Anozie as Samson (1 episode)
  • Jake Canuso as Daniel (1 episode)
  • Peter Guinness as King Nebuchadnezzar II (1 episode)
  • Langley Kirkwood as David (Aged) (2 episodes)
  • Paul Knops as Adam (1 episode)
  • Darcie Lincoln as Eva (1 episode)
  • Hugo Rossi as Isaac (1 episode)
  • Conan Stevens as Goliath (1 episode)
  • Kierston Wareing as Delilah (1 episode)

Episodes

1. At the beginning

Noah tells us about the Creation story and original sin while on board the ark; Abraham’s Covenant with God; the battle in the Sidim valley; Hagar and Ismael; Isaac’s birth; Abraham is tested by God; Sodoma and Gomorra; Moses learns things from his past, kills a soldier, and flees Egypt .

2. Exodus

God speaks to Moses through the burning bush; Moses returns to Egypt; ten plagues on Egypt; Moses guides the Israelites in the Exodus; Moses opens the waters of the Red Sea; Moses receives the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai; Joshua becomes the leader of the Israelites; the Israelites camp outside Jericho; Joshua sends spies to Jericho.

3. The promised land

Joshua conquers Jericho; Delilah betrays Samson as the Israelites fight the Philistines.

4. Kingdom

Samuel anoints Saul, an action that could lead the nation to civil war; Saul is envious when David defeats Goliath; King David begins a golden age for Israel, but is soon seduced by the power and desire for Bathsheba; God forgives David, and Solomon builds the temple of God in Jerusalem.

5. Survival

King Zedekiah, and the Jews are enslaved by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon; Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den, but when his faith remains and God forgives him, the Jews are allowed to return to Jerusalem.

6. Hope

Roman occupation, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will give birth to a son; Joseph takes Mary to Bethlehem for the census, where Jesus is born; the holy family escapes Herod’s order to kill the male babies in Bethlehem; Judea falls under the ruthless rule of Pilate; John baptizes Jesus, who is ready to assume his mission – and his revolution, Jesus and Peter.

7. Mission

Jesus feeds the multitude of Galilee, and brings a dead man, Lazarus, back to life; Jesus enters Jerusalem riding a donkey – a declaration that he is the Messiah; Jesus addresses the money changers in the Temple.

8. Treason

Caiaphas cajoles Judas into betraying Jesus; Jesus casts the disciples into confusion at the Last Supper; Jesus is arrested and condemned to death as the disciples scatter.

9. Passion

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus through the Ascension, Pentecost and the Apocalypse. During this last episode, Peter denies Jesus and Judas hangs himself; the crowd calls for the death of Jesus; Jesus is crucified, but when Mary Magdalene goes to her grave, a figure walks towards her – He is back; Jesus charges the disciples “to go and preach to all creation,” but his divine mission meets hatred and even death.

10. Value

Paul has a vision and experiences a miraculous change of faith on a trip to Damascus; the Martyrdom of the Disciples, the survival of John and his exile to Patmos, John receives a revelation – Jesus will return, and everyone who keeps the faith will be rewarded.

Reception

The premiere was very well received by the audience. According to Nielsen’s screen share, it was viewed by 13.1 million viewers. In Canada, 1.05 million followed the first episode of the series. The ratings of the second was lower, but not less than 10.8 million because the series was broadcast during prime time (from 20:00 to 22:00). In the third week, production was viewed by 10.9 million viewers. However, despite good ratings, the reviews were mostly unfavorable on the Metacritic website, where it scored 44 out of 100 out of a total of thirteen reviews.

 

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