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    This series takes great liberties with both Biblical and secular history. I realize that the screen writers are trying to make it more theatrically interesting, but the series is lacking. For example, Stephen's speech before the Sanhedrin was very abbreviated before he was taken out to be stoned. And after His resurrection, it was very notable that Thomas only said, "My Lord" but the scriptwriters left out the very important words, "and my God." Downey to appears to be very sympathetic towards Caiaphas and his confederates.

    As for Roman history - Tiberius never visited Jerusalem, and he certainly did not die in Judea. Suetonius tells us that it was rumored by some that Caligula had smothered him, but he agreed that Tiberius died of natural causes being very advanced in age.

    As for Pilate, Josephus says that he was deposed by the president of Syria (Vitellius) and sent to Rome to stand trial before Tiberius in 37 for the massacre of the Samaritans at Tirathaba (see THE ORIGINAL GOSPELS, xxxii - Historical Introduction).

    Mark A. Dumdei
    M.A. Theological Studies - Summa c- Laude, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

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    Originally posted by DOMINUSDEI View Post
    This series takes great liberties with both Biblical and secular history. I realize that the screen writers are trying to make it more theatrically interesting, but the series is lacking. For example, Stephen's speech before the Sanhedrin was very abbreviated before he was taken out to be stoned. And after His resurrection, it was very notable that Thomas only said, "My Lord" but the scriptwriters left out the very important words, "and my God." Downey to appears to be very sympathetic towards Caiaphas and his confederates.

    As for Roman history - Tiberius never visited Jerusalem, and he certainly did not die in Judea. Suetonius tells us that it was rumored by some that Caligula had smothered him, but he agreed that Tiberius died of natural causes being very advanced in age.

    As for Pilate, Josephus says that he was deposed by the president of Syria (Vitellius) and sent to Rome to stand trial before Tiberius in 37 for the massacre of the Samaritans at Tirathaba (see THE ORIGINAL GOSPELS, xxxii - Historical Introduction).

    Mark A. Dumdei
    M.A. Theological Studies - Summa c- Laude, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
    hi,
    this 'liberty' with the Bible should not surprise us. What surprises me, somewhat, is that David Jeremiah is pushing A.D. like its something great!

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    • #3
      The episodes i saw were great. As you have already mentioned however, there are some inconcistencies in the show. For example, the Angel of the Lord killed the romans guarding the tomb and not one of the solider's superiors. At the same time I must admit there are many different ways to tell the same story.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DOMINUSDEI View Post
        This series takes great liberties with both Biblical and secular history. I realize that the screen writers are trying to make it more theatrically interesting, but the series is lacking. For example, Stephen's speech before the Sanhedrin was very abbreviated before he was taken out to be stoned. And after His resurrection, it was very notable that Thomas only said, "My Lord" but the scriptwriters left out the very important words, "and my God." Downey to appears to be very sympathetic towards Caiaphas and his confederates.

        As for Roman history - Tiberius never visited Jerusalem, and he certainly did not die in Judea. Suetonius tells us that it was rumored by some that Caligula had smothered him, but he agreed that Tiberius died of natural causes being very advanced in age.

        As for Pilate, Josephus says that he was deposed by the president of Syria (Vitellius) and sent to Rome to stand trial before Tiberius in 37 for the massacre of the Samaritans at Tirathaba (see THE ORIGINAL GOSPELS, xxxii - Historical Introduction).

        Mark A. Dumdei
        M.A. Theological Studies - Summa c- Laude, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
        This was a terrible show, one that should never have been made.

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        • #5
          I tend to agree with you. They took TOO much liberty with the Bible. That seems to show a lack of respect for it. I saw the part about Thomas and leaving out his "and my God!" exclamation--a very important omission. Doesn't Downy believe that Jesus is God in the flesh?

          Also, they spent too much time on Pilate. And don't get me started on how they portrayed Cornelius! A henchman of Pilate's, who murdered for him and then repented of it and turned to Jesus, when he saw one of His followers willing to give up her life for Him.
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