The Bible between the holy book and the miniseries
The word “Bible” is used to refer to two holy books which are the holy book of the Christian religion and the holy book of the Jewish religion. Although the same name is used to refer to two holy books of two different religions, the two religious books are not the same and they are completely different in their order and content. The holy book of the Jewish religion which is known as the Hebrew Bible contains twenty four books which are divided into three parts; the Torah which is about teaching or the law of God that is given to Moses and this is recorded in the first five books, Nevi’im which is about prophets and Ketuvim which is about writings.
For the Christian Bible, you will find that the number of its books varies according to the canon as it contains sixty six books and this is for the Protestant canon, while in Ethiopian Orthodox Church canon it contains eighty one books. The Old Testament forms the first part of the Christian Bibles and it contains twenty four books of the Hebrew Bible that are divided into thirty nine books and their order differs from that of the Hebrew Bible. The second part of the Christian Bibles is the New Testament and it contains twenty seven books which include the twenty one Epistles or letters, four Canonical gospels, Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation. The Hebrew Bible is commonly known among Jewish groups as “holy”, while the Christians call their Old and New Testaments “The Holy Bible”.
♦ The miniseries ” The Bible”
There are many films and television series that are given the same name of the holy books which is the Bible and this is because their main theme is based on the Bible. There is the new television miniseries which is named “The Bible” as it is based on biblical stories and is created by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. The miniseries was broadcast every week on History channel from March 3, 2013 to March 31, 2013. It consists of just 10 episodes and it stars Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Darwin Shaw and Andrew Scarborough.
The series was produced by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Richard Bedser, Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs. The first episode of the miniseries succeeded to attract a huge number of viewers as it was seen by 13.1 million viewers, the second installment attracted 10.8 million viewers while the third installment which was on March 17, 2013 attracted 10.9 million viewers. The miniseries has been seen by over 100 million viewers till now. The Bible is considered to be a very successful miniseries and this why it earned three Emmy Award nominations on July 18, 2013 for best miniseries, sound editing and sound mixing.