Mark Burnett, The Bible series co-producer (with Roma Downey), said he undertook this History Channel project because the Bible is easily the greatest book in the world’s history. As such, he is accomplishing literary theater rather than doing theology. Perhaps this was most evident in the first installment when there was considerable emphasis on the role of Lot and his wife while the stories of Jacob and Joseph were completely omitted. Collectively, the portions presented seemed to repeat a particular pattern— God’s leaders were consistently driven to their wits’ ends only to have God intervene at the last moment to destroy resistance while moving the remnant people forward. Noah, Abraham, and Moses each reiterated ‘God will provide,’ while imploring followers to ‘have faith.’
To date, is The Bible series a good introduction to people who have little or no Bible knowledge? What value is it to those who watch from a fundamentally-familiar or well-informed perspective? What ‘jumped off’ the screen when you watched? Questions, comments, observations?