Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jesus is coming back ...

By Donald Sensing

... to TV, that is.

History Channel's "The Bible" series re-airs Easter weekend. (Not sure why they call it The Bible since it encompasses only the Gospels, but anyway . . .)

On the whole this is worth the time. But there are places where the series diverges sharply from what the Gospels actually relate. Example: when Jesus reads from the book of Isaiah in his home synagogue, he is murderously attacked for apparently claiming to be the Messiah.

Sorry, no. According to Luke 4.22, when Jesus made the messianic claim,
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.
What set his hearers off was when Jesus claimed that even the Gentiles would be included in his messianic work. At that,
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.
Perhaps that is picking too fine a nit. But one cannot really be too skeptical when viewing movies made about the Bible, regarding their Scriptural accuracy.

I also think that Pilate, whom even Roman historians have nothing good to say, is presented as such a murderous sadist that it is almost unintentionally comical.

But still, overall worth viewing or recording and viewing later.

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