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Jesus, the Cliffhanger

a review of the first episode of AD: The Bible Continues

If you don't know me personally, you may not know that I go to this awesome church in Van Nuys called Turning Point. It's an awesome, creative, crazy family of people who love Jesus. 
NBC produced this huge mini-series (sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it?) called AD: The Bible Continues about what happened after Jesus died and rose from the dead. They've produced 12 episodes based on the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts, and the first one aired this past Sunday.  
Normally, the Turning Point has midweek services in Burbank on Wednesday nights, but to encourage people to watch the AD show, we've cancelled midweeks so people can make time to host and attend viewing parties. My small group is doing their watch parties on Wednesday nights, and it was really great.
From the point of view of some one who's really starting to love the history of the bible, there's a lot of little nit-picky things that I didn't like. For example, the actors playing the disciples are simply too old for the roles. Peter was the only one who needed to pay the temple tax along with Jesus, so was the only considered an adult at that time. (See this great breakdown.)
Other than things like that (that certainly don't affect the story at all), I loved it. It turned the camera in a different direction, looking at Caiaphas and Pilate rather than the crucifixion itself. It shows the way the disciples were scattered, and how John was the only one with Mary and Mary Magdalen at the foot of the cross. Which of course meant that he had to describe the whole thing to the other disciples.
I think my biggest issue though was the cliffhanger ending. I mean, it's the bible, it's not like we don't know what happens, but still, at least let us see Jesus risen from the dead!!
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett produced the series and made a study/ discussion guide to use after each episode. After this first episode, there were questions like "Which character do you relate to most?" While this seems like a mundane question, the actions of each character in just this first episode were really defining.
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