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Reality TV Goliath takes up Bible miniseries challenge, hopes for better outcome
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on the set of "The Bible," the 10-hour miniseries Burnett produced and directed.
March 2nd, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Reality TV Goliath takes up Bible miniseries challenge, hopes for better outcome

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - Mark Burnett is the king of reality television. His shows and spinoffs command hours of prime-time television real estate. The seal of his production company One Three Media appears at the end of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Job” and “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?”

He will tell you each show was No. 1 in the time slot. He will tell you he will take on all comers in his bare-knuckle, ratings-driven world and beat them. He will tell you on any given day he has 150 video-editing systems churning through edits on his dossier, which spans the three major broadcast networks.

But if you suggest he may not have the chops to take on a massive scripted dramatic presentation of the Bible as a 10-hour miniseries, his eyes will tell you he wants to throttle you.

My bad.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, have been barnstorming the country like roving preachers on horseback trying to evangelize the West. Their gospel is spreading the news of “The Bible” - their ambitious project that aims to tell the story of the Bible in 10 installments. It begins its weeklong premiere on the History Channel Sunday night.

We met in the lobby of the Washington Hilton the night before last month’s National Prayer Breakfast. They were in town to speak to Washington journalists and show clips from their project.

Burnett and Downey’s project tackles the narrative of the Bible, a story woven through 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a story revered by billions as divine revelation – and one they’ve compressed into 10 hours of television. What could possibly go wrong?

A lot.

Many have taken aim at dramatizing the stories of the Bible. Few of those productions stood the test of time. They knew all that going in 3 1/2 years ago when “the light bulb went off,” as Downey puts it.

“It’s been a great fun journey right, Roma?” Burnett said to his wife of nearly six years.

“And we’re still talking to each other,” Downey said, smiling.

Both Downey and Burnett were raised Catholic, Burnett in England and Downey in Ireland. They still regularly attend Mass in Los Angeles. Growing up, both watched the classic Biblical films that the Hollywood of yesteryear churned out, like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

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“In Ireland, we used to sit up and wait for John Wayne to say, ‘Surely that man was the Son of God,’ at the end of 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' every Easter,” Downey said, with her thick Irish brogue dipping into a delightfully terrible John Wayne impersonation.

After showing their kids "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston, their three teenagers had one request for the Bible project. They told their parents, “Please don’t make it lame.”

Making it work

The project is personal for Burnett and Downey, coming from a deep spiritual desire for more people to see and experience the stories of their faith. As Europeans, now naturalized U.S. citizens, they are stunned the Bible is not taught in public schools.

“It was time for an updating. Adding fresh visual life to a sacred text,” Burnett said.

“People have great hearts and great knowledge but no experience of filmmaking and no budgets,” Burnett said of past telling of the stories on film and television.

“Or the resources,” Downey chimed in. “We wanted to create something that was gritty and authentic. We certainly didn’t want everyone to look like they stepped out of the dry cleaners.”

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Burnett and Downey may not have been high on the list of many studios as producers and directors to put a massive scripted project like this together. "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" starring Donald Trump and Gary Busey is not exactly" Ben-Hur," and Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green spinning in chairs on the singing competition "The Voice" isn’t often (or ever) compared to the "Ten Commandments."

When I asked Burnett about this, he seemed genuinely insulted.

“Based on viewership, maybe I should be giving a few lessons to the people who are doing stories. Because we have five nights of No. 1 wins on prime-time television,” he started. “As a family we’ve made over 2,000 hours of American television and 8,000 worldwide.”

As he cooled down, ticking off a list of reasons why he and his wife were best suited for the job, he delved into how this project was made.

The production, he insisted, was a lot more like the production that goes into "Survivor" than nearly any feature film or television show in production.

"Survivor" typically includes a cast and crew of 400 people in a remote location with multiple helicopters and boats.

To film the Bible series, they set off for the southern tip of Morocco in Africa with a similar-size crew and hundreds of extras. Not to mention the chariots and horses.

“It was epic,” Downey said.

“Our experience with large-scale productions was very, very important,” Burnett said.

To help further bring the story to life, they brought in Lola, an Oscar-winning CGI team from London who created similar scenes for the film "Gladiator."

They went with an international ensemble for the cast because they didn’t want to distract the audience with recognizable celebrities.

Jesus was played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. Many other actors came from the Theatre District in London.

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in 'The Bible' miniseries

The most recognizable face to most in North America will be Downey herself, who stepped into the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is portrayed in the series as a young woman at the Nativity, then later in life.

“It was a privilege to play it,” Downey said. For nine seasons, Downey starred in the CBS show “Touched by an Angel,” then went on to star in a number of TV movies.

“The scripts at one point just said Young Mary, and then as the scripts progressed it said Old Mary. I said, ‘OK, we have to change that right now.’ The last thing I need to see is ‘Old Mary’ played by Roma Downey,” she said with a laugh. “So we changed it to Mother Mary.”

The budget for the 10 hours was under $22 million, Burnett said, a small price tag for a production on such a grand scale. (NBC paid $4 million per episode for the show “Smash” this season, according to an estimate by the New York Times)

“It’s not easy, even for us, to sell and get placed on prime time television, 10 hours – Genesis to Revelation,” Burnett said. “Do we wish we had 25 or 100 [hours], yes but we got 10. We got a great budget. It looks like it’s a $200 million movie. Of course it’s not. It’s just our combined experiences, our hearts and efforts that make it look like that.”

Getting it right

As they considered which parts of the Bible to shoot, they had to pare down hundreds of stories.

“The first decision was, it’s one story,” Burnett said. “It’s not a series of unconnected stories, it’s one grand narrative.”

“You could call it the meta narrative.”

The series encompasses five hours of the Old Testament and five hours of the New Testament.

They took many artistic liberties to compress the story lines while hoping to remain true to the story.

A public relations manager for the project described the liberties to me as “extra-biblical but not contra-biblical.”

For instance, in the series opener, the Book of Genesis stories of Adam and Eve and Noah unfold together. Noah and his family are already on the ark while the flood waters batter their boat. To calm his family, Noah tells them the story of creation: “In the beginning! ... ” Noah bellows as he runs around plugging leaks and comforting his family and the animals.

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

Similarly, in the story of David and Goliath, when David heads out to face the giant Philistine foe, he clutches his sling and quietly begins to recite the 23rd Psalm, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.” David is considered the author of the psalm, but nowhere in the text of the David and Goliath story does it address what he said as he walked out to battle and slay Goliath.

The dialogue in much of the story is similarly constructed along the lines of the bare-bones text. When Jesus calls Peter to be his disciple, Peter asks, “What are we going to do?” Jesus answers, “We’re going to change the world.” Those lines never appear in the Gospel accounts, but Burnett and Downey insist it is consistent with the text.

“Every step of the way we’ve had scholars and theologians working with us,” Downey said.

Burnett and Downey consulted a wide range of pastors and academics, including a major evangelical leader and a Catholic cardinal.

Their advisory panel consisted of many people from varied backgrounds familiar with sharing the stories of the Bible rather than of a "who’s who" of Biblical academics.

Joel Osteen, a popular television preacher and pastor of the 30,000-member Lakewood church in Houston, was among those consulted. Osteen and Burnett are friends and were developing a television series together that went on the back burner during the production of this series. Osteen even took his family to Morocco during some of the filming.

“[Burnett] would send scripts our way and ask doctrinal or Bible questions about it, but a lot of it was a friendship and an advisory role,” Osteen said.

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Osteen said much of his work was confirming if the extrabiblical material stayed true to the Bible.

His encouragement to Burnett was to “use your creativity to fill in between the lines.”

Another consultant was Rabbi Joshua Garroway, an assistant professor at the Hebrew Union College and an expert on early Christianity and the Second Jewish commonwealth (circa 530 B.C. to 70 A.D.) Judaism. He was a paid consultant on the project.

“One of the issues that came up frequently in the comments was the goal of the production was to remain faithful, or at least as faithful as possible, to the narrative and text of the Bible, as opposed to a historical critical approach,” he said.

“The series is not meant to be a historical feature but as a representation of the biblical narrative which is at times historical and at times not,” Garroway said.

One reason Garroway thought he was brought in was because in parts of the New Testament, “there are less than generous depictions of Jews, Jewish leaders and Jewish traditions.”

One of several Jewish scholars involved, his role as a New Testament scholar was to help the production stay faithful to the text but also “diminish as much as possible scenes or statements that could be construed as overly negative toward Jews and Jewish judgment.”

While he thinks the project has an overall Christian orientation, “I think they did well.”

“I don’t think it will run into the same problems that Mel Gibson’s movie ("The Passion of the Christ") did because the producers have been somewhat conscientious about forestalling some of the things that could produce that effect in the Jewish community,” he said, referring to perceptions of anti-Semitism from the 2004 film.

Osteen thinks the project will have a lasting impact in churches. He plans to use pieces of the project in his services to help illustrate points he’ll make in his sermons.

“I know I’m biased because I’m their friend, but I think it’ll be something that will live on for generations because it’s done with excellence, not knocking anything else, it’s just this is production 50 years past where some of the other films were made,” he said.

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Burnett and Downey also think this project will be their most lasting and most viewed.

Burnett said the couple have deferred all their fees for the project. They probably don’t need the money anyway. Forbes lists Burnett as among its 100 highest-earning celebrities with an estimated income of $55 million in 2012.

While the History Channel owns the exclusive North American rights to the project, Burnett and Downey own the rights to global distribution and theatrical airings, which are in the works. There is also a book tie-in, games and apps attached to the project.

For the couple, the project was not about turning a profit, though they likely will. Instead, it was about bringing new life to the stories of their faith for a new audience.

“Will it be screened in movie theaters? Yes, for sure. "Already been approached. Arenas, churches, every way you can imagine,” Burnett said.

Burnett ticked through the shows he and Downey have put together over the years. “Over the next 25 years," he said, "more people will see this than all the others combined.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (2,068 Responses)
  1. Brian Hartman

    CNN should probably change the caption on the first picture if they want the article to be taken seriously.

    March 4, 2013 at 8:00 am |
  2. Only one true God

    I can't argue with anyone on here because everyone has their own views. But one thing I want to leave with everyone Jesus didn't come to kill, steal and destroy but He came to give us life, He died so that we may live. I know we have very smart folks on here who know about all Scientific, religious,the universe, and all kinds of things. The Bible has been here thousands of years and one day we will give an account of every deed done in our bodies. Jesus loves us more then we know He died for our sins and he is coming back for us. The reason a lot of us can't understand because its not a flesh and blood it's a Spiritual journey. Open your hearts and receive Him, He loves you.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • richunix

      That that belief come with unicorns?

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.
      2. DO NOT think that claims about magic, miracles and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.
      3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.
      4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars want to prohibit you from looking under the hood.
      5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and ghouls and believing in any of them does not make one moral.
      6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should you believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.
      7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?
      8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of God,” “God is outside the Universe” or “God moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.
      9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?
      10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Your God and Jesus are just what we want:

      -We want to be loved unconditionally
      -We want to be special individually and as a Creation
      -We want for there to be justice in all things
      -We want to be forgiven so that justice does not apply to us
      -We want to escape death
      -We want for unhappiness to end forever

      March 4, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • no thanks

      the Bible is not thousands of years old....

      March 4, 2013 at 9:38 am |
  3. Michael S.

    The more I Hear about this project, the more distasteful and less appropriate it seems. When I think of the History Channel I want to think that they are engaged in a real effort to spread some education about topics in history. Real events, with actual facts somewhere in evidence.

    Clearly, that will not be the case here. No archeology, no discussion of the merits of the sources, No professional historians or scientists are wanted, just a "Reality" take on the Judeo-Christian mythos, told in dramatic fairy-tale style.

    Not a good fit for the History Channel, this sends all the wrong signals. Hard research is to be replaced by well-funded "belief". This thing should have been left to the religion oriented cable outlets.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • Sphincterellla Belmont

      Not to mention that no one is "supposed" to alter the original word, on the threat of eternal damnation, in any way, shape or form. It is impossible to read biblical text in the alloted time...so I guess global warming will get a bit of help?

      March 4, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • Mike from CT

      When I think of the History Channel I want to think that they are engaged in a real effort to spread some education about topics in history.

      Yeah like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Ax Men, Ultimate Soldier Challenge and my new favorite Vikings.... all historically researched.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • ko

      The history channel shows real history??? really???? this is the same channel that shows american pickers and pawn stars, right? funny thing is that every Christian related show aired on the History channel is usually filled with one side opinions from "professors" from the Jesus seminary and other such liberal organizations. too much faith in education, my friend.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:15 am |
  4. Paul

    Very disappointing. They skipped through most and got many other parts wrong. Why bother if you are not going to do it right?

    March 4, 2013 at 7:33 am |
  5. peick

    If after this interview the CNN journalist who put in the above caption cannot tell the difference between Jesus and an Egyptian slave driver, chances are the production isn't going to be that great.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • M

      Jesus: King of the Egyptian slave drivers.

      March 4, 2013 at 7:32 am |
  6. Joeymom

    I really find the thumbnail CNN keeps using for this story incredibly offensive- especially since, in the story, it is labeled "an Egyptian slave driver." It is a photo of Christ crowned with thorns and carrying the cross to Golgotha.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:26 am |
  7. prosperid

    Too bad, many Egyptians & Hebrews were not white. Not trying to be racist....Just truth.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:09 am |
    • Bob

      I guess it's a good thing that no Egyptians in the movie were white then, eh?

      March 4, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  8. Randy

    I was very excited to see the History Channel get away from Pawn Stars and Ax Men and get back to a more historical base with The Bible and Vikings. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. Instead of looking at the historical context of both topics, these shows came off as soap operas. I could not make it more than 20 minutes or so into The Bible before I flipped to HGTV. As for Vikings, I woke up and realized this was still not the old History Channel!

    March 4, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • Paul

      Agreed. Do it as written. Don't make up things and skip other parts.

      March 4, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  9. badkarma

    "Reality" and the Bible just don't go together..

    March 4, 2013 at 6:50 am |
  10. Nonna Mary

    I watched the first episode last night with great anticipation and was hugely disappointed. Perhaps I've seen too much of Hollywood getting it "right" ... as in Mel Gibson's masterpiece "The Passion of the Christ" or even "The Nativity Story." Watching Noah with an Irish brogue and English/Irish actors made up with dirty hair to look Hebrew seems almost insulting by today's standards. Even the Scriptural basis was wrong; for example, as Lot and his family flee Sodom, his daughters appear to be elementary school age. In the Scriptures, after their mother is turned to salt, they take their father to the mountains and get him drunk and lie with him, fearful that they might never find husbands. Deeply disappointed, and I don't think I'll watch the rest. As much as I love the Bible, it was painfully contrived with way too much license taken with the real stories, which are amazing enough as they are.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:43 am |
    • richunix

      Because that is all they are, only stories of what we would like to believe that is true, sadly they aer not. Only embellishment of events over time until we can no longer seperate the truth from fiction.

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      March 4, 2013 at 7:05 am |
    • Mike from CT

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      So you dismiss the historical Gospels because the greeks wrote about the Mythological Zeus

      That is like dismissing the French Revolution ever occurred because the "tales of two cities" exists.... not a very logical conclusion.

      March 4, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  11. Reality

    AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    Some added references to "tink-erbells".

    newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

    For added information see the review at:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

    March 4, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • richunix

      Reality,

      WOW, where do you find the time, hell I’m still working on the Gnostic gospel and the Tertullian / Irenaeus debate. But still a very good point made. Further reading should also in Include the mystic stories from King Solomon for a better understanding why we have angels and demons etc..

      March 4, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • Voice of reason

      My bet is that an advanced intelligent race visited us long ago and at various points in time and is running a big sociological experiment with mankind on this planet. Explains UFOs, alien abductions, angels, mothman, etc. 🙂

      March 4, 2013 at 7:08 am |
    • Reality

      Richunix,

      Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon appears to be a well-researched review of Solomon to include "his" control of angels and demons.

      Said "angelic and demonic" stupidity adds to incredulity of these mythical beings.

      March 4, 2013 at 9:17 am |
  12. Brandon

    They captioned the picture of Jesus wrong. He wasn't an Egyptian slave-driver.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:37 am |
    • richunix

      Based on what?

      March 4, 2013 at 7:01 am |
  13. Michael

    Would never watch such a thing..

    March 4, 2013 at 6:37 am |
  14. PapiMikeofm

    "for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible. For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary"

    March 4, 2013 at 6:33 am |
    • dave

      For those who do not believe proof and empirical data is required, for those who believe, self deception is required.

      March 4, 2013 at 6:49 am |
  15. Accurate

    Will key players be accurately shown? For example, Moses as genocidal murder who had family and friends killed when they didn't believe like him? Or how he and his people were engaged in animal and human sacrifice? How they stoned a guy for picking up wood on the sabath, etc...?

    March 4, 2013 at 6:27 am |
  16. Asaph

    The first installment was very good television drama, produced well, consistent with scripture (though not always quoting it) and good story telling. Good job!

    March 4, 2013 at 5:02 am |
    • Science

      Science

      No god(s) required.

      Inspiration for life below and it is better than the fairy in the sky and bible

      Icy Cosmic Start for Amino Acids and DNA Ingredients

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130228113436.htm

      25,000 light years from EARTH No god(s) required

      Peade

      March 4, 2013 at 5:24 am |
    • Science

      oops dame thumb

      Peace

      March 4, 2013 at 5:53 am |
    • richunix

      @Asaph,

      You are correct a good story, but just remember it is only a fictional story based with some elements of truth, i.e. Jesus did exist, but was condemned and executed for crimes against the state, nothing more. Expand your knowledge and understand why the Orthodox (mean truth) Christian corrupted the scriptures in order maintain power and expand their belief.

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      March 4, 2013 at 6:17 am |
  17. Robert Mesnard

    Quite frankly I was a little disappointed in the first episode. They opted for political correctness over accuracy in several instances. Disappointing.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:01 am |
  18. LAST DAY

    That Man (=Jesus) was really the Servant of GOD;

    here are the MOST CLEAR, SOLID, IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCES in this regard:

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES!

    The humanity have never seen anything like this

    till the Beginning of the World;

    The humaity will never see anything like this

    till the End of the World!

    March 4, 2013 at 4:01 am |
    • dave

      Refutable nonsense.

      March 4, 2013 at 6:52 am |
  19. lol??

    "Rom 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."....holywood soundtracks don't have a gud track record.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:34 am |
  20. GO_GOP

    M

    March 4, 2013 at 3:04 am |
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