WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “THE BIBLE” TV SERIES

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The Bible, the made-for-TV video, seeks to introduce a new generation to the Bible, the great book of the works of God. It does so with great passion, exquisite skill and cinemagraphic triumph. Through the lens of the producers of this telling of the greatest story we can see at times with sweeping scope and at other moments with touching detail how it is that the Bible remains the most significant book—the book of the Word of God.

The challenge of presenting in 10 episodes the whole of the Bible highlights how this unique book continues to be read in different ways through different lenses. Yet, the Bible is the norm that has guided countless generations and millions upon millions along the pathway that leads to God’s love. My hope is that this video presentation, The Bible, may bring alive its many stories in people’s minds and hearts so that they may be drawn to rediscover the Bible and rejoice in its saving message.

—Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

"Unlike any other film or miniseries I’ve ever encountered, The Bible brings the Word of God to life in the full richness of its scope, diversity, power, and magnificence. History and mystery collide as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey infuse every scene with their divinely inspired vision for sharing the poetic beauty and timeless wisdom of Scripture. This series helps us all to experience the flesh-and-blood stories of the Bible in a new light and draws us to the Divine Author who continues writing His eternal masterpiece. You will be enthralled, encouraged, and inspired by The Bible – seeing really is believing!"

—Bishop T.D. Jakes, author, pastor, The Potter’s House

“Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s miniseries, The Bible, proves that when talent and passion collide, the outcome is spectacular.  Having spent time with them on the set, Victoria and I witnessed firsthand not only the genius of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey but the deep and abiding passion they possess for God’s Word.  Every aspect of this production from the acting to the poignant storytelling is accomplished with excellence.  In particular, I found Roma’s portrayal of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to be both moving and genuine.  Mark and Roma have succeeded in doing what few before them have done; they have produced a work that truly reflects the masterpiece that is the Holy Bible.”

—Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, #1 NY Times bestselling author

“I’ve probably seen most, if not all, of the films about the Bible produced in the past 50 years. This one stands alone, in a class by itself, as the best I’ve ever seen. Brilliantly produced with stunning cinematography, a Hans Zimmer score and academy-worthy acting, it stands head-and-shoulder above the rest. Too many ‘Bible’ films end up feeling like documentaries, with stilted dialog, second-class sets, and narration that feels like a lecture. In contrast, this series, draws you into the story from the start. The key to its effectiveness is that it lets the Bible speak for itself, without commentary, excuse or qualification, which makes it unique. This is living history at its best!”

—Dr. Rick Warren, Author, What On Earth Am I Here For?, The Purpose Driven Life

“Thanks for the opportunity to view clips from the upcoming series “The Bible.”  What I saw impressed me a great deal.  It’s quite a challenge to get hold of both the Old and New Testaments in only 10 hours of film, but Mark and Roma did a fantastic job.  I’m anxious to see the entire series in the spring.  I was especially pleased to meet Mark and Roma and have the opportunity to experience the love and passion with which they produced this series.  It’s truly something that has come from their hearts.  May God bless them, and may many souls be led to Christ by their viewing The Bible.”

—Bishop Michael Sheridan, Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO

"The Bible mini series is beautiful, majestic and epic! The story of the Bible has never been taught like this. These stories will be illuminating to those who have grown up with the Bible as well as the millions of intellectually curious people who want to better understand the greatest stories from the greatest book of all time. Roma and Mark are giving the world a beautiful gift and it will be life changing for millions of people.”

—Anthony “Tony” Robbins, speaker and author

“I love the passion and enthusiasm that my friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have invested in their new History Channel series, The Bible. Rather than a word-for-word documentary, this project combines drama and history in a way that captures the essence and heart of the Gospel and the broader biblical story. I’m convinced that The Bible represents a unique opportunity to convey God’s redemptive message to a broad audience—many of whom may be unfamiliar with the narrative of Scripture. My prayer is that many lives will be impacted not only by the beauty and quality of the production, but by the Truth that lies at the center of the story.”

—Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“Mark Burnett and Roma Downey created a masterpiece. Never before have we seen a work of visual and audio artistry that captures the passion of God's word, the purpose of faith full narratives and the promise of a redemptive outcome like The Bible. Mark and Roma's commitment to a project that engages the heart and the head of each viewer serves as a catalytic platform for the purpose of engaging  generations with the greatest message of all; hope and eternal life. I am honored to be associated with this powerful and life changing project.”

–Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

“The dedicated artistry of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, in their portrayal of seminal stories from the Bible, greatly strengthens my confidence in truths I hold close to my heart.  The passages I have known intellectually for many years have now come to life.  This series is going to evoke a significant and important discussion and I feel deeply indebted to Mark and Roma for their courage and their commitment to authenticity and essential truth.”

—Andrew K. Benton, President, Pepperdine University

“This Bible series is one of those rare things that comes from the heart.  In our world we should cherish things that are made with such love.  Love is patient.  Love is kind.  It does not envy; it does not boast.  It is not proud.  When everything else is gone, faith, hope, and love remain.  But the greatest of these is love.  If you have love in you, you will see love in this series.  And you will see something of us all in these series.”

—Dr. Maya Angelou

“From what we’ve seen so far, Movieguide highly supports this wonderful adaption of the Bible. We consider this a must see!”

—Evy Baehr, Movieguide®

“Mark and Roma have provided a true gift to this generation. The Bible project is part of the continuous legacy of faith that seeks to bring Scripture to people everywhere in the lingua franca. This cinematographic presentation is not just moving but  inspiring. May all who view it be blessed like we were.”

—Gabriel & Jeanette Salguero, Co-Founders, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

“I think when people see The Bible, I think their hearts are going to be touched, desiring to embrace the word of God, to live the word of God more, to integrate it to the word of God and to share the word of God. I think when people see it, they’re going to say, “Did you see the series? You’ve got to see this series because it's something beautiful.”

—Bishop Sam Jacobs- Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

“Just got finished seeing the Bible and it is absolutely astounding, amazing, anointed. What a presentation that we can bring the gospel, real life on screen to show the story, the love of God, the power of Christ, the presence of God. You have to get involved. You need to be apart of this. It’s life transforming and I know that this is not just a project, this is an assignment that God has given not just Mark and Roma but given us as the Body to carry forth to the world. God Bless you.”

—Pastor Paula White, Paula White Ministries and New Destiny Christian Center

“The Bible! It’s epic, it’s life changing, life altering. I think the thing that stands out to me the most is how raw it is. It’s raw. It’s immediate life application. You see yourself maybe in ways you do want to see yourself or don’t want to see yourself as you see the characters. It promises to be life changing.”

—Charles Jenkins, Pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church

Superbly paced, brilliantly acted, wonderful cinematography and, of course, very moving. The miraculous was all very well done.  Some Jesus films in the past have shied away from tackling the miracles, perhaps thinking that skeptical modern audiences would struggle with them.  But I think the exorcisms, the feeding, the walking on the water were all perfect. I thought the issues were treated with sensitivity to questions about the depictions of Jews and Judaism, and full and sympathetic understanding of potential difficulties. Another sensitive issue, Judas's betrayal, is well-handled -- and his motivation and disappointment clear. As a result, I think the piece works well both dramatically and historically -- and that's a tall order!

—Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor in New Testament, Duke University, North Carolina

“The Bible documentary beautifully captures the story and message of the Bible. It will educate and bless all who view it. I congratulate everyone involved in this ambitious project. The Bible documentary gets the story and message right. The actors have done a superb job. Even hard-nosed historians and Bible scholars will be deeply moved by the many compelling scenes. It gives me great pleasure to recommend it to everyone. The Bible documentary is a masterpiece. Never has the story of the Bible been captured so compellingly on film. The script is excellent and the acting is superb. I watched episode 8 with great enjoyment. Everything about it was skillfully crafted and beautifully presented. I was again impressed at how many distinctive details of the Gospel of John were worked into the story as told by the Synoptic Gospels. This is no easy task, as any Gospels scholar will tell you, but the script and the actors managed to pull it off in a very convincing and compelling way. Good job. They are beautifully done. I thought the depiction of the call of Matthew (episode 7) was brilliant. Roma herself was the best Mary ever. Although brief, the history of the book of Acts was very effectively covered. Paul’s hostility, his Damascus Road encounter, his tearful conversion, his “love” speech were simply superb.”

—Craig Evans is Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada


“When I was asked to act as a biblical consultant on this series, I thought it was an exciting project but feared that it was over ambitious.  Attempting to depict the whole of the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation is a bold undertaking but 'The Bible' pulls it off.  It is carefully and sensitively done, with an excellent script, beautiful score and good acting.  I am delighted to have my name associated with it. The principles that lie behind 'The Bible' are that of the use of modern historical scholarship combined with a final text reading. What this means is that the stories of the Bible are taken at face value, and included in the overarching narrative of the story at the time that they are set (so for example although many scholars think the book of Daniel was written in the 2nd century BC the story is placed in the 6th century).  At the same time great care has been undertaken to understand what it might have been like to live at the time that the story was set. One of the best features of the 'The Bible' is that it has paid very close attention to the text but at the same time imagined what it might have felt like for the different characters depicted. One of my favorite scenes is that of Sarah after she has discovered that Abraham has taken Isaac to be sacrificed - the pain and poignancy of the moment is painted clearly and thoughtfully. 'The Bible' has tried very hard to present an interpretation of the Bible that will be acceptable both to a Jewish and Christian audience but also to different denominations within Christianity.  Although not everyone will like every part of the series, the writers have done an excellent job of weaving together a variety of different interpretations and of being sensitive to range of different views and issues.”

—Dr Paula Gooder, writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies, consultant to BBC television and radio Bible projects

“This is an excellent dramatization of the Bible—its historically credible, put together with sensitivity and imagination, and at times truly moving. The producers have a wonderful ability to make you think about familiar scenes in an entirely new way. The relationship between Caiaphas and Pilate is very cleverly done: we get an insight into first century power games, what was at stake for them both, This is one of the best portrayals of Caiaphas I’ve seen. He comes across as a real first century priest with his own concerns and dilemmas; not an embodiment of evil, but a misguided leader intent on his own course of action.”

—Dr Helen K Bond, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh; author of Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation Caiaphas: Friend of Rome and Judge of Jesus?

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to review the episodes of your forthcoming series. It's really dazzling to watch and there were many moments when I felt overwhelmed by the power of the narrative. I've read these texts a great deal so I'm not easily impressed. Roma Downey's Mary breathes new life into Christianity's beloved icon of motherhood and, in the process, provides a deeply moving and intimate portrait of the humanity and suffering of the mother of Jesus. This is a truly remarkable retelling of the Bible - it is at once moving, imaginative, thought-provoking, and unsettling. Both those skeptical of the Bible and those deeply familiar with it will be surprised as its characters and stories come alive in unexpected and affecting ways.”

—Candida Moss, Award-winning author, The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom