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Hollywood Bible Movies: What Was and What's Next?
Contact: Rick Dack, Defending the Bible International, 763-913-0351, 952-933-1979, defendingthebible@usfamily.net

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 28, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Did Roma Downey (The Bible), Darren Aronofsky (Noah) and Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) successfully reproduce the Bible "as written" in 2013/2014? That depends upon your biblical knowledge regarding angel ninjas fighting Sodomites (very "Kill Bill"), Daniel thrown into the Lions Den by Cyrus (it was Darius, oops!), Jesus holding a rock over the adulterous woman in a stoning stance and the kiss of life given to the dead Lazarus' head by Jesus. Remember the exploding, ark-building rock monsters and magic Methuselah from "Noah?" What about Christian Bales "Exodus: Gods and Kings" when Moses was confronted by a child-God at the burning bush who asks Moses who he is (not all-knowing?) and later the insecure boy-deity asks Moses' opinion of the Ten Commandments. Remember the Hebrews secret weapons factory in Egypt? What? The boat attacking JAWS-like crocodiles (the first plague) or Moses' near drowning in the Red Sea via waterspouts after a shooting star, not God, lowered the Red Sea? Compelling adventures for sure but it's not Bible, says Rick Dack of Defending the Bible International (www.defendingthebible.com).

What's on the Bible movie roster for 2015/2016? NBC will air "A.D." beginning Easter Sunday with a new cast (white, black and middle-eastern actors) portraying Jesus, John and Mary Magdalene. In a Christian Post article (November 6, 2014) Mary Magdalene (Chipo Chung) is referred to as the one who "works tirelessly to keep the movement (Christianity) going amidst all the challenges." This strange belief derives from non-biblical, Gnostic texts (The Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene) which include a power struggle between Peter and Mary Magdalene. Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Jesus" stars Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman as Jesus, an online controversy, but prepare for a greater concern - abbreviated crucifixion scenes. Bill O'Reilly stated on "Fox and Friends" (September 2013) that the words of the crucified Jesus are unknown due to the proximity of the mourners. Presumably John, present at Golgotha, fabricated his gospel. Contradictorily "Killing Jesus" chapter eighteen includes Jesus' words from the cross, "I thirst" (John 19:28) and "it is finished" (John 19:30).

Upcoming Bible films also include "Pontius Pilate" starring atheist Brad Pitt, a David and Goliath film starring wrestler Jerry Sokoloski (Goliath), and "Clavius" about a Roman investigator (Joseph Fiennes) commissioned by Pontius Pilate to find the body of Jesus. Two Mary films, deeply influenced by Vatican and Gnostic texts, are due for release in theaters and churches.

Now is the time to counteract Hollywood Bible myths with weekly apologetic church classes, says Rick Dack of Defending the Bible Int'l. Dack travels the country with his multimedia "Biographies of the Bible" training classes (www.defendingthebible.com) that reacquaint Church congregations and Bible students with biblical persons and events, stress biblical literacy, expose current media myths about the scriptures, provide information on faith-friendly entertainment alternatives and more. Include this unique ministry on your Churches 2015 calendar.