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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: On the History Channel this spring

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: On the History Channel this spring

The History Channel will be broadcasting a miniseries on the life of Jesus airing over four weeks this spring, and Presiding Bishop Curry will be among those interviewed on the program.

From Belief.Net:

“Jesus: His Life” will feature “some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians” including Bishop Michael Curry, Reverend Gabriel Salguero and Dr. Ben Witherington III.

The drama documentary is said to focus on “the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts.” The series will feature eight different perspectives and tell the story of Christ through “eyes of the people closest to Him.” These biblical figures all played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life and include Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary, Caiaphas, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot.

In Relevant: “‘From the people that brought you The Bible,’ the trailer says, using a line that is just begging to be taken out of context. So it goes in the new ad for History Channel’s Jesus: His Life.” The trailer:

Paul Asay, blogging for Patheos:

…most of us today get a fairly unified picture of Jesus from the four Gospels (though John, admittedly, contains lots of interesting wrinkles). His character is further smoothed by centuries and centuries of sermons and Sunday School lessons. But contemporaries of Jesus had lots of different thoughts about the guy, and not all were all that convinced he was, y’know, THE guy. High priest Caiaphas will have different thoughts than John the Baptist, who in turn will see Jesus differently than Pontius Pilate. And maybe all those varied opinions doled out by the History Channel may help viewers define and augment their own views of Jesus a bit more.



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Susan Alberghini

I look forward to seeing it, especially during Lent; but was hoping the actor was black., or darker skinned anyways. At least he’s not depicted with blonde curls.

Kenneth Knapp

I worry that they will give too much credence to “scholars”” and “historians” who make sensational claims in order to sell their books in the popular Christianity market.

Professor Christopher Reese SEITZ

It was illegal to produce human depictions of Jesus until surprisingly recently. At first one only saw his sandals and heard his voice. The biblical text was the voice. I once taught a course on ‘Jesus’ in modern visual presentation, its history and development. Thr risk of displacing the genius of biblical proportion and singularity is almost in proportion to visual sharpness and ingenuity. Moses didn’t kill a slave; the man fell off a scaffold. Etc.

It is hard to do these well and that is baked in.

Professor Christopher Reese SEITZ

Meant not slave, but Egyptian overseer…

Rod Gillis

I watched the trailer. From a religious point of view, I was ‘shlocked’, to use a perfectly good Yiddish word. ( : Why does biblical mythology, when literally dramatized by contemporary visual media, so often end up looking soap operatic?

Fred Loving

Good material during Lent.

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