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"The Bible" TV: Fact or Hollywood Hype?

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It's Good Friday and Easter weekend, which marks the defining events for Christians around the world. This Sunday also marks the conclusion of one of TV's most popular mini-series, The Bible.


A Survey by the American Bible Society says 42-percent of U.S. adults have watched at least one episode of the Bible.

Pastor Greg Isaacson of Trinity Lutheran in Crookston says, it's not a show for scholars of scripture. But, it does give a fairly accurate portrayal of stories in the Bible.

Pastor Greg Isaacson, Crookston: "Maybe they're a little bit of a Readers Digest version of it because… like I was sharing with you. The episode about Moses. They cover the entire story of Moses in an hour. So, it's always interesting to see what directors and writers keep in the story and kind of gloss over some things."

The survey also notes that one-fourth of the show's viewers said they were not Christians.

Pastor Isaacson says in that sense, it's a pretty good tool in spreading the message of Christianity.

Pastor Greg Isaacson: "Some of my parishioners have sat down and watched the series with their children and the children are picking up on it. These are stories we read in Sunday School or in the bible. And so, it's neat for kids to see with their eyes, the stories they've only imagined in their heads. Oh definitely a thumbs up. You can never go wrong telling the story of Jesus."

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