The History Channel's "The Bible" Mini-Series

The History Channel debuted the first episode of its 10-part series on the bible on 3/3/13. It was widely watched and reported as the ratings winner for its time slot. As a biblical scholar and seminary professor (who had been called early in the production but did not work on the project) I tuned in eagerly to see this latest construction of the bible in the public square. The History Channel's miniseries on the Bible is a ratings blockbuster. The Bible is an incredibly important text in the history and culture of the United States, Western world and has its roots in the Eastern world. One would think that the media outlet that entitled itself the "History Channel" would be concerned about those roots. One might even think that the History Channel would endeavor to expose and explore those roots. But...

I am responding to the History Channel's production of the bible with live tweet-chats, (click to see the archive of the premiere here), with scholarly reviews (click here for my response to the second episode), and I have some podcasts scheduled (TBA). Check back here and wilgafney.com for updates.