Ships, wealth, general confidence, All were his; He counted them at break of day, And when the sun set! where were they.
- Byron, English Poet (1788-1824)
It’s my 400th post here at the blog, and what better way to celebrate it than by giving a plug to the best thing on television in years.
The History Channel’s five episode, ten-hour epic production of “The Bible” has been absolutely fantastic through the first three episodes. It’s hard to imagine trying to distill the Old Testament and the New Testament into a mere ten-hours of move making, but the husband and wife team of producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (who also plays Mother Mary) do an unbelievable job with it and it’s well worth watching.
Episode four is premiering this coming Palm Sunday, March 24. If you missed any of the previous three episodes, take heart because you can set your DVR rolling and catch all four episodes to watch at your own convenience or if you’re really hardcore, you can make it a true marathon and try to sit through all eight hours. The Palm Sunday airings are in bold.
Premiere Date: March 03, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
Noah endures God’s wrath; Abraham reaches the Promised Land but still must prove his faith in God; Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, and his faith in God is rewarded when the Red Sea parts to allow the Israelites to escape Pharaoh’s chariots; Moses delivers his final message from God–the Ten Commandments.
March 24, 2013 – 02:00-04:00PM
March 31, 2013 – 12:00-02:00PM
Premiere Date: March 10, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
Joshua conquers Jericho; Delilah betrays Samson as the Israelites battle the Philistines; Samuel anoints David king, a move that could throw the nation into civil war; Saul is consumed with jealousy when David defeats Goliath; King David ushers in a golden age for Israel, but is soon seduced by power and lust for Bathsheba; God forgives David, and his son, Solomon, builds God’s temple in Jerusalem.
March 24, 2013 – 04:00-06:00PM
March 31, 2013 – 02:00-04:00PM
Premiere Date: March 17, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
The Jews are enslaved in Babylon; Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den, but when his faith endures and God spares him, the Jews are allowed to return to Jerusalem; the Angel Gabriel tells Mary she will bear a child; Joseph takes Mary to Bethlehem for the census, where Jesus is born; the Holy family escapes Herod’s order to kill Bethlehem’s male babies; Judea comes under the ruthless rule of Pilate; John baptizes Jesus, who is now ready to take on his mission–and his revolution.
March 21, 2013 – 01:01-03:03AM
March 24, 2013 – 06:00-08:00PM
March 30, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
March 31, 2013 – 12:01-02:01AM
March 31, 2013 – 04:00-06:00PM
Premiere Date: March 24, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
Jesus feeds the crowds in Galilee and brings a dead man, Lazarus, back to life; Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey–a declaration that he is the Messiah; Jesus turns on the money-changers in the Temple; Caiphas coaxes Judas into betraying Jesus; Jesus throws the disciples into turmoil at the Last Supper; Jesus is arrested and condemned to death as the disciples scatter.
March 25, 2013 – 12:01-02:01AM
March 27, 2013 – 09:00-11:02PM
March 28, 2013 – 01:01-03:03AM
March 30, 2013 – 10:00-12:02AM
March 31, 2013 – 02:01-04:03AM
March 31, 2013 – 06:00-08:00PM
Premiere Date: March 31, 2013 – 08:00-10:00PM
Peter denies Jesus and Judas hangs himself; the crowd clamors for Jesus’s death; Jesus is crucified, but when Mary Magdalene goes to his tomb, a figure walks towards her–he is back; Jesus commissions the disciples to “go and preach to all creation,” but their godly mission meets with hatred and even death; Paul has a vision and experiences a miraculous change of faith on a journey to Damascus; John receives a revelation–Jesus is coming back, and all who keep the faith will be rewarded.
rebroadcasts to be announced
Important note: these times are for the standard-definition version of the History Channel across all time zones. If you want to record from the high-def History Channel (at least for me on Cox Cable out on the West Coast) all start times are three hours earlier, so my high-def History Channel version of “Episode One: Beginnings”, actually starts at 11am PST instead of 2pm. You’ll have to check your listings to see if all your high-def airings are rooted to a 2pm EST broadcast plan according to your respective time zones.
More good reads on the series: The Bible Beat American Idol in ratings? Yes indeed, an epic miniseries airing on a cable channel pulled in a higher rating than all programs in it’s Sunday time slot and even managed to beat the former kind of ratings, American Idol in it’s Wednesday broadcast later that week.
Episode three caused a firestorm of controversy when Satan made his first appearance in trying to tempt Christ at the end of his forty days wondering the desert. For the very first moment you saw him, the resemblence was so uncanny, you would have thought it was Obama himself cast in the role. Of course, the producers say they believe Obama is a good Christian and that any resemblance is purely coincidental, but take a look at the split screen and tell me if you think Satan and Obama are dead ringers.