What new mini-series has Glenn really, really excited?

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A new mini-series, The Bible, debuts on the History Channel this Sunday, March 3 at 8PM ET, and it would be the understatement of the century to say Glenn is excited about the program. In fact, Glenn believes so strongly in the importance of The Bible series that he personally bought commercial time on TheBlaze TV to urge his viewers to watch the 10-part event.

On radio this morning, Glenn interviewed the series’ executive producers, Mark Burnett (of Survivor and The Voice fame) and his wife, Roma Downey. According to its website, The Bible is “an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.”

Glenn received advanced copies of the series’ first and second installments, and he watched both episodes this past weekend with his family. He compared the series to an updated version of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, although stories covered in The Bible encompass far more than Moses alone.

“We are doing the whole thing. We’re telling the story from Genesis to revelation. It will be over 10 episodes over five weeks. We made this series with our three children in mind. They’re three teenagers,” Burnett said on radio this morning. “With all due respect to The Ten Commandments, it’s 50 years old, those special effects that were so marvelous in the day are now a bit hokey. They’re a bit dated. So we wanted to be able to bring the stories of our Bible to television in fresh and wonderful ways. You said earlier before we got on, it has to start in the heart. We know that. And any good story has to begin in the heart. When the heart opens there’s the possibility for all kinds of things to move in.”

Part of what Glenn finds so remarkable about the series, is how relatable it is for audiences of all ages. Glenn described that his 8-year-old son, who had heard the stories explored in The Bible before, had a whole new understanding of the Old Testament after watching the first two episodes of the series.

“The through line for us was: God still loves us,” Burnett said, “and that level of redemption runs through the series… We wanted to create a piece that was relevant. That would get the conversation going. That would touch people’s hearts. We wanted to make a series that would glorify God.”

“I urge everyone, if you are a pastor, priest, rabbi, you tell everybody watch this, Sunday nights on The History Channel,” Glenn said. “If you have anybody in your family that is halfway interested… have them watch a little bit of the truth. It’s really not preachy at all. It is really, really good, and please help get the word out because the major networks aren’t really anxious to do it. But I am. And I think you guys have done a tremendous work here. Thank you guys so much.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I have seen the commercial advertising for it; the series promises to be great. I will reserve judgement until it comes out in full.

  • Anonymous

    the coms look good. the pro truth without the silliness will be welcomed. even a simple version of the biblical truths would be better than the diet of worms dished out daily on the devils menu. most folk have forgotten their heritage. it seems the nation prefers the grave and slime theories to the fact that they are children of god. flowerers to the producers…

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    Good idea it is the history channel after all. the last time
    watch a show on that channel they said Jesus was an alien. 

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    My two favorite stories in the Bible Esther and Daniel both are good examples on how God works.

  • Anonymous

    Will it have men walking on water? Men living in the stomachs of whales?
    A dude losing his superhuman strength due to a haircut?
    Will it having talking snakes and scores of animals taking a forty day cruise?

    Or am I thinking of Harry Potter?  

    No…no… the.Harry Potter books were already made into a movie. That other book is the one that some people use to denounce gay marriage. 

  • Josie

    I don’t have cable have cable so I hope this becomes available on regular tv, DVD’s or online at one point. My very favorite stories have always been from the bible. Happy to hear that they have taken time and money to do this project.  Looking forward to to seeing them.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    Dude be a bigot somewhere else. 

  • TylerDurden

    I’m guessing that all of the actions and commands of god that we find horrific, immoral, and wrong will be edited out. I might be wrong, but I seriously doubt they are going to include murdering people for working on Sundays or for talking back to their parents.

  • Shane

    I will tape this series and be sure to watch it!

  • Anonymous

    Which Bible story recounts an event of people being killed for talking back to parents? or murdering people b/c they worked on Sunday(s)? 

  • TylerDurden

    Exodus 31:15
    Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21
    “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

  • Anonymous

    The Sabbath is the day we call Saturday, not Sunday.  No one in the Bible was killed for working on Sunday.

  • TylerDurden

    Big difference… I won’t be letting you know when I’m working on Saturdays!

  • Anonymous

    I imagine it made a pretty big difference to the person who was stoned for working on the wrong day.  It also seems to have made a pretty big difference to the God who put it in the 10 Commandments before dishonoring parents, murder, or adultery.  As far me, makes no difference what days you work on.

  • Anonymous

    okay. thanks for supporting your claim. These dictates were given at the outset(from The Lord thru Moses) to provide guidelines to the Jewish people. Tough stuff, certainly. I think the first example you cite is to teach people to be respective of the Sabbath as a Holy day. The second example; the unruly, drunken stubborn jackwagon who cannot/will not fall in line and grow up..kill him seems harsh but I doubt it had to be carried out, much less often. If Johnny in the next tent is a full grown man and has matered the bag-o-wine and nothing else..maybe knocks up some chic, can’t support her or the baby etc..sounds familiar doesn’t it? he should be reprimanded. I do believe The Bible provides the reader with boundaries to for life, knowing your Creator and the blueprint for salvation, so we can avoid eternal death,pain etc. You’re correct in pointing out there are some stories in the old testament, particularly, that are unsettling. But, be careful not to disregard the Bible or a relationship w/your Creator or Jesus Christ as Savior b/c of something you don’t like, agree with or understand. Heaven is a bargain at any price. cheers

  • TylerDurden

    Heaven is not a bargain if it is run by evil.

  • Anonymous

    why would Heaven be run by evil?

  • TylerDurden

    Because the god of the Bible is evil. What else do you call condemning people to eternal torture because they don’t believe?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t agree that the God of The Holy Judeo Christian Bible is evil. What do you believe in, on the topic of a higher power or Creationism etc., is concerned?

  • TylerDurden

    I’m an atheist.

  • Anonymous

    one of my best friends is a self proclaimed atheist. after he was raised catholic, which is what happens to some of them, I’ve noticed. I dont mean any disrespect towards you, just wondering. You are not Bibilcally ignorant. you began by citing a few Bible verses. I think that nature, life forms, the universe et al. is evidence enough to support the creationism viewpoint. I agree that there are stories in the Bible that give us pause but..the God of The Bible created the physical world out of love initially. Sequentially, it is after a willful desire to abandon our Creator’s boundaries(given for our benefit) that mankind then experiences reprimands, judgement etc. The lost,pagan, sinful heathen who fought Israel thruout the old Testament are physical demonstrations and examples for the current day Christians to learn from. Hence, we are to no more cozy up to sin today, than they were to marry and carouse with lost people then. today, we pray about it. back then they were commanded to eradicate it. it’s a fallen world, so to speak.