A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The series offers interpretations of select biblical stories that are believed to have had a major impact on the world. Not surprisingly, belief in God and Judeo-Christian values are major themes here.
Positive Role Models
Biblical figures range from faithful leaders like Abraham, Moses, and Jesus to sinners like Mary Magdalene and Judas. Some sinners repent, some don't.
Violence & Scariness
Contains a lot of graphically violent images. People (including infants) are shown being stabbed, whipped, bludgeoned, drowned, and crucified; images of bloody wounds and dead people of all ages are frequent. The sacrificial slaughter of animals is also visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains discussions about having children; subtle references are made to having sex, promiscuity, and adultery. Men are often shirtless and in loincloths; on one occasion a woman is shown in various stages of undress, but no nudity is visible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine is sometimes consumed during religious ceremonies and during meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bible contains lots of violent and bloody scenes, including beatings, drownings, and the murdering of infants and adults. It also features a very lengthy and graphic reenactment of a crucifixion. Adultery is discussed, and men are often shown shirtless and in loin cloths and occasionally women are shown undressed (but no real nudity). Wine is sometimes consumed during religious ceremonies and over meals. All of this is offered in context, but it may be too intense for younger and/or sensitive viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Those looking for an objective, history-oriented discussion of the Bible and its overall impact on humanity will not find it here. Some may also object to the representations of biblical figures, which reflect a very glamorous notion of what people looked and sounded like at the time. But viewers looking for an interesting and/or entertaining Judeo-Christian themed interpretation of Bible stories will find it worth watching.
The series, which is co-produced by Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey, attempts to reflect the essence of each story by following the traditional narratives about well-known biblical figures while adding flair with lots of theatrically violent action scenes and interesting actor portrayals of archangels and death. However, there is little explanation offered about why these events are believed to have changed the world. As a result, tales about acts like Abraham's banishment of his son Ishmael (which many believe led to the division between the Hebrews and the Arabs), are never contextualized, leaving those who are unfamiliar with these stories without any knowledge of their significance.
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