Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD
July 5th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

There’s a new set of housewives on the block.

These women aren’t whining about fashion faux pas and socialite misgivings. Their stories are cast somewhere between the books of Genesis and Revelation.

Ty Adams, a web-based evangelist and author, is producing “The Real Housewives of the Bible,” a two-part DVD series that tracks six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives.

Adams said that “outrageous reality shows” like Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” series and VH1’s “Basketball Wives” inspired her to create a more wholesome version of the franchise.

“I was frustrated with what I was seeing,” she said. “A lot of society is looking towards programming to educate them on relationships and these shows haven’t effectively done that.”

“They have ruined and tainted our ability to secure good relationships and to make women into good wives,” said Adams, who is based in Detroit.

Adams has provided Christian relationship advice for nearly ten years, since she founded a production company called Heaven Enterprises in 2002. She’s the author of Single, Saved and Having Sex, has produced religious DVDs and plays and offers sex and relationship advice through a web-based column called “Ask Ty.”

Adams says the goal of her “Real Housewives” DVD, due out later this month, is helping women juxtapose real-life issues with Christian teaching. She says that teaching includes women’s obligation to attempt to sustain relationships that have endured extra-marital affairs and other hardships.

“Because we live in a media-driven society, telling these age-old stories of adultery, loneliness and longing through entertainment helps women relate,” Adams said.

Each character on the show represents a different woman from the Bible. A character based on the biblical Sarah struggles with infertility. (The biblical Sarah was barren until she reached old age).

Gold-digging women are likened to Delilah from the Book of Judges, who seduced and deceived Samson - who'd fallen in love with her - through repetitious requests.

And the show features plenty of Jezebels.

“Many single women can get a man but they can’t keep a man,” Adams said. “So many singles have been in girlfriend status for so long that they only understand that mentality. They don’t know what it takes to be a good wife in order to sustain a relationship and some parts of society promotes that.”

- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bible • Culture & Science • Entertainment

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  1. Ebony

    This is the dumbest thing I've heard all week. # epic fail

    July 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  2. frank

    "Real Concubines of the Bible" would be a better premise.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  3. frank

    This concept is so stupefyingly insipid it makes my eyes cross.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  4. GodlessOpera

    This would actually be more interesting than the boorish, peurile actions of rich women that people seem to be drawn to - if only the show would paint an unbiased picture of actual historical life in Biblical times. However, something tells me the show will have an agenda that will overshadow any actual interesting facets it might otherwise have...

    July 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  5. Cindy


    July 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  6. jj

    Next up – 'real abused children of the church'...

    July 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Bucktooth

      Right On JJ!!

      July 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Apocatequil

      'Touched By a Pastor'

      July 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  7. anonymus_reader

    WOW! This is gonna be a winner... (yeah right). Anyone see the the irony here (as I do)? Reality is what you can touch, see, taste, or hear... Not what what you can dream up... If I want reality, I step out my front door.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  8. tommas

    Housewives of the bible, so are the going to be subservient slaves that are ganged ra ped... That is how women are treated in the bible.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  9. nadia

    Samson was not married to Delilah. Please people if you're going to quote the bible get you information correct. Judges16:4 stated (that he fell in love with a woman in the valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah,)the Holy Bible NIV. I thoroughly read Judges16 and no where did it ever mention that those two were married!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  10. Brooks

    All of the Housewive Shows are beyond SILLY. They like to make themselves look silly and they will do ANYTHING for money. Most of the women are not the brightest. If it wasn't for their cheating husbands they wouldn't be anything.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  11. aWitchintheWoods

    **sigh** I live in the real world and wouldn't have it any other way.
    So, on the rare occasions that I watch TV, I want to be ENTERTAINED.
    I guess people who live daily in the myths of religion are looking for "reality."
    World's a funny old place, isn't it?

    July 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  12. Reality

    Beyond TV shows of any kind and into the arena of Truth using an updated prayer:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.



    July 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Dave

      Close, but not exact. Some parts of the myth are actually historical. There was NO town of Nazareth in Jesus era, Jesus was a Nazorean. By that, he was a member of a Party seeking to place a legitimate King (Messiah means King) on the throne of David. He and his followers planned to enter Jerusalem on a Pentacost year when the most people would be in town for Passover. He just didn't plan on the potential for violence. When they stormed the Temple doors it was obvious that Caiphas and the elders were not ready to accept Jesus as a legitimate decendant from "the root of Jesse" and they locked him out. Jesus retreated to plan his ascension, and Caiphas told the authorities about Jesus plans to assume the throne. The Romans simply did what they did ONLY to political insurgents, they crucified him. The rest is just silly attempts to keep the legend alive with Paulinism.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      "New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. "

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Ludemann, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% or less of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac ministers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      July 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  13. Dave

    God's consort was Asherah according to historical finds. So women marrying the Bible is a little silly.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  14. Apocatequil

    lol...yea...a reality TV show might taint your "image"...unlike your war on h0n0sekuals, women, moslims and democracy.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Cchun

      learn to spell please

      July 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  15. Apocatequil

    how come all the women in the picture look European? Weren't the Bible women a bit more "ethnic" looking?

    July 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  16. bob

    “A lot of society is looking towards programming to educate them on relationships

    Pretty sure no one, at least no one with more than two brain cells, is actually turning on "Real housewives" because they want relationship advice from it.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  17. EV922

    So now we're Bringing religion into the housewives.. Wonder if they'll do "the real housewives of Hell' anything is possible..

    July 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • tommas

      Now that would be TV, but sadly it would be on cinemax after 11pm

      July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Skegeeace

    This will either be really good or will backfire terrible and further taint the image of believers. :: Sigh :: I'm not convinced that turning to secular, worldly means is the best way to draw people to Christ.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  19. mod52@bellsouth.net

    Those responsible for "reality" shows had it somewhat right when the whole thing first started but when everything in life became a reality show, there was a serious lack of public interest. It got better and lasted for a few years but it's going the way of the crapper again.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  20. Marie Kidman


    July 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
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