Part 2 of the mini-series “The Bible” aired on the History Channel on Sunday, March 10. The 10-hour series with two-hour parts every Sunday night started March 3 with the final airing on Easter Sunday, March 31.
The series cover Genesis to Revelation with two or three biblical stories told each week through live action and computer generated imagery.
Roma Downey, 52, used to play Monica on "Touched by an Angel" and her third husband Mark Burnett, 52, producer of "Survivor" are the creators and producers of “The Bible" series. Downey also stars in the role as Mary, the mother of Jesus in one of the New Testament episode.
A Review of Part 2 on March 10
The second episode included several familiar stories many of us learned in Sunday school.
Joshua was seen leading the Israelites into the promised land and listening to God telling him to walk around Jericho and the wall of the city came tumbling down.
Samson's encounter with Delilah was quite interesting. His braids were cut. He was blinded and finally pulled down columns in the temple to kill the Philistines and himself.
The book of Judges tells about the decision the Israelites made to have judges because they no longer wanted judges but kings.
Saul was anointed the first king of Israel, but God wasn't satisfied with the way he ruled. This story was a good transition into stories about the second king.
David was highlighted in a couple of stories. The David and Goliath story was riveting even though it has been studied hundreds of times. It was chilling to see David slay Goliath with a stone, cut his head off and hold it up for all to see. The Bible says the giant fell face down on the ground (1Samuel 17:49). We won't hold it against Burnett and Downey that their Goliath fell backward. (This writer deliberately paid attention to see the direction of the fall).
The story of David and Bathsheba was a good way to introduce their son Solomon who also became king and was anointed by God to build the temple instead of David who wanted to build it.
Solomon's story concluded the last story of this installment.
Watch Part 3 next week on the History Channel when the Old Testament will conclude, and the New Testament will be introduced.