By Karen Quiner
Tom and I have been watching “The Bible” on the History Channel by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. We looked forward to it with great anticipation and planned our Sunday nights around it.
We enjoyed the first episode or two, but last night I gave up on it before the show ended and will not be watching the final two episodes.
Ultimately, I found it unsatisfying and missing some key elements. It gives us far too little of David, leaves Solomon, Isaiah, and other key figures out altogether. But primarily, I had enough of the violence. The Old Testament did have a lot of violence, but the series seems to glory in it and doesn’t balance it with what those stories are really trying to tell us. It leaves out the beauty.
The series does give you the sense of the awesome power of God, and His faithfulness in spite of the fickleness of His people. But it doesn’t emphasise the Covenant of God with His people, which is really the main point of the Old Testament stories, along with the way so much of the Old Testament prefigures the New.
I hung in there a little longer than I might have otherwise, because I anticipated that there would be a dramatic shift in the direction at the birth of Jesus. I didn’t like the depiction of Jesus and Mary, but continued to hang in a little longer.
But when Jesus is born, and still we are assaulted with violence, I’d had enough.
We are going to start watching the mini-series “Jesus of Nazereth”, directed by directed Franco Zeffirelli in Sunday nights instead. That not only teaches, but edifies.