Trading Downton Abbey for The Bible

The BibleI was pretty disappointed with the final few episodes of Downton Abbey this season, mostly because the writing just wasn’t up to the standard set in seasons one and two. But never mind. There’s something new on television Sunday nights. The Bible.

Here’s the description from the History Channel: “The Bible comes to life in History’s epic new series. From Genesis to Revelation, these unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters. Created by producer Mark Burnett and featuring an international cast that includes Roma Downey, this 10-hour docudrama explores the sacred text’s most significant episodes, including Noah’s journey in the ark, the Exodus and the life of Jesus.”

And here’s what’s so great about this series–THE STORIES. The first episode this Sunday at 8 p.m. covers the Exodus. We have a reluctant hero, plagues, miracles, travels, seas parting, armies defeated, people misbehaving. This is good stuff!

Kind of makes the future of some imaginary English estate pale in comparison. I’m looking forward to some amazing stories written by the author of the world. I’m expecting to be inspired.

What’s your favorite work of fiction based on a Bible story? Francine River’s Redeeming Love tops my list.

5 thoughts on “Trading Downton Abbey for The Bible

  1. Mom

    We don’t get The History Channel. 😦
    Love Francine Rivers (Mark of the Lion Series)
    My favorites from my “younger years” (and I’ve thought I should go back and reread them to see if they still would top my list) were The Song of Ruth by Frank G Slaughter and The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas.

  2. We don’t get History Channel either…Netflix, here we wait.

    I gave your question quite a bit of thought, and my choice would be Nevil Shute’s “Round The Bend”. It’s a strong “what if” tale of the Second Coming, told by a master storyteller who’s sadly neglected today.

    In regard to the “Bible On TV” I hope they’ll avoid the use of KJV English. While the music of seventeeth-centruy English is lovely, it turns what should be a vibrant, living work into a ceremony.

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