The Bible

 
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Biblical reenactments are theatrical and very violent.
  • Review Date: February 27, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 481 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine is sometimes consumed during religious ceremonies and during meals.

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.

What's the story?

THE BIBLE is a docudrama that features adaptations of known Bible stories that are believed to have changed the world. From the stories of Noah's Ark and Moses (played by William Houston), to the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth (Diogo Morgado), the series offers dramatic renditions of biblical tales that are understood to have a major impact on the way people interpret good, evil, faith, and religion around the globe.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about media portrayals of the Bible. Why are there so many movies based on bible stories? What are some of the most famous actor portrayals of biblical figures? If you were to choose a story from the Bible to reenact, which one would it be? Why?

  • Is there anything controversial in this depiction of important religious stories?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 2, 2013
Cast:Darwin Shaw, Diogo Morgado, Keith David
Directors:Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
Studio:LightWorkers Media
Genre:Drama
Topics:History
Run time:481 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written bymoviemaker201 March 28, 2013
 

Wow!

I was amazed. For Christians, this will provide a channel for them to relate with their faith's ancestry and to witness the bible as it is. Regardless, the action sequences are reason enough to enjoy this story of love, hate, greed, sex, and power. We start out at Noah's Ark, witnessing a montage of The Creation Story, Adam and Eve's Temptation, and The Murder of Abel. From that point on, we are sent on a quest comprised of 30 to 60 minute long tales about the Israelites and their rises and falls, all in a two - hour episodes. Violence: 9/10 Remember, this is the Bible as it is. So naturally, there are tons of violent acts. Lots of intense battle sequences and suspenseful scenes throughout. A man is implied to be mauled by lions. A man gets stabbed in the throat. (We see blood gurgling from his lips.) A suicide. Infants and young children are slaughtered. Several beatings. An implied beheading or two. Slaves brawl for the entertainment of their master. Graphic crucifixions that are torturous to watch. (People are nailed by the feet and hands to a wooden cross and are beaten and whipped to death.) Sex: 5/10 Sex is implied. A man watches a woman bathe. Women are implied to be prostitutes. Some kissing. A man has a woman's husband killed in battle in order to cover up adultery. Language: 3/10 Colorfully worded insults.People are made fun of because of ethnicity and religion. Drugs: 3.5/10 Men are implied to be slightly drunk. Overall, this is a great show, but it is not advised for kids 10 and under. See you next time!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byamom1st March 13, 2013
 

Take care, this is not Sunday School.

Okay...this is a very difficult one to review. Having seen several episodes I feel I can attempt it now. We made the mistake of allowing our children to watch the first one with us. And it left them with more questions than answers. I think for children, they may not be able to read between the lines. It almost looked(in this production) liked God was being too harsh to these people, not at all the loving God we have been teaching them about. Of course this opened some good conversations on how our family views the Bible. For us, the violence/sexuality was too much. When it says TV-14, BELIEVE it! We have seen babies being tossed in the water to die, sheep's necks being sliced open, whippings, beatings, holy men's necks being cut open, a woman bathing while a man watched, adultery, the sounds of painful childbirth, a woman being drug off by invaders, a woman referred to as a who*e. And believe me, I realize most of this DID take place in the bible, but the way they chose to portray it in this movie is too intense for children under 14. I would recommend screening it for yourself, before sharing it with your children.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byBluesky123 March 20, 2013
 

Awesome Show!

I think this is a great series! It lacks explanation on what it's showing, though, so it's helpful to have a bible on hand while watching this show to follow along. There is a lot of violence which most teens can handle, but some of it to me was a little disturbing. But overall, great series!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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