Sunday, April 05, 2015

NBC resumes "A.D.: The Bible Continues" Easter Sunday night


Easter Sunday, NBC carried the premier of “A.D. The Bible Continues” with Mark Burnett as the most conspicuous co-producer.   The main link is here.


The episode depicted the Crucifixion and the disappearance of the body from the tomb (essentially Mark’s version).

The series emphasizes the political climate and the fears of both the Romans and the Jewish establishments in Jerusalem that they could not survive insurrection fomented by loose lips. The Jewish establishment accused Jesus of claiming he was a Messiah when he was not (although the Gospel of Mark has Jesus keeping a low profile in this regard). The Romans accuse Jesus of treason, of fomenting insurrection.  The Romans also regretted allowing his body to be placed in a tomb, rather than eaten by animals, because his followers could steal the body and claim resurrection.

An hour of Dateline depict the making of the series, including the construction of a Jerusalem in Morocco, and the challenges of playing Jesus, on the cross, faced by Argentine actor Juan Pablo Di Pace. 
  
Mark Burnett explained his interest in Christian television, and also the history of “Survivor”, where he was paid very little but had to raise money from sponsors.  The business of televangelism, as illustrated by an Oklahoma network, is still strong.  



Update:  April 13, 2015

The second episode shows the Romans concerned about how Jesus's body could have been removed.

Later, Jesus is asking Peter if Peter loves him and would sacrifice everything to follow him.  I know this is a religious idea, but a "Clark Kent" person that I look up to ("upward affiliation") would never say this!

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