A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode nine

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Season 1, Episode 9 — ‘Saul’s Return’
Acts 9:20-27

Editing Acts, redux. The ninth episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, like a couple of the episodes that preceded it, dwells on just a few verses from the book of Acts.

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode eight

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Season 1, Episode 8 — ‘The Road to Damascus’
Acts 8-9

Editing Acts, redux. The eighth episode of A.D. The Bible Continues covers two stories from the book of Acts, but it skips the story between them.

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Watch: Visions, baptisms, miracles and more in four all-new clips from A.D. The Bible Continues and Beyond A.D.

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There’s an all-new episode of A.D. The Bible Continues airing this Sunday, and the producers have released three new clips to whet our appetites — one of which includes a greeting just for readers of Patheos! You can check ’em out below the jump.

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode six

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Season 1, Episode 6 — ‘The Persecution’
Acts 8:1-3

Editing Acts, redux. The first five episodes of A.D. The Bible Continues zipped through the gospels and the book of Acts at a brisk pace, covering multiple chapters at a time. But the sixth episode slows things down in a big way and covers just three verses in Acts: it begins with the burial of Stephen (8:2) and then goes on to show how Saul persecuted the church (8:3) and scattered the followers of Jesus (8:1).

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode four

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Season 1, Episode 4 — ‘The Wrath’
Acts 4-5

Editing Acts, redux. The first three episodes of A.D. The Bible Continues rushed through the scriptures and skipped over major parts of the story, but this episode actually slows down long enough to let the book of Acts breathe a little.

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Bible movie of the week: Jesus, the Spirit of God (2007)

Christians aren’t the only ones who hold Jesus in high esteem. Muslims do too, though they have radically different beliefs about him — and at least one movie has actually tried to dramatize those beliefs the same way other Bible movies have dramatized their own filmmakers’ beliefs.

But wait… is it right to call Jesus, the Spirit of God, an Iranian film produced in 2007, a “Bible movie”? Is not much of the film based on the Koran and other post-biblical sources, such as the late-medieval document known as the Gospel of Barnabas, rather than on the Bible itself?

Well, yes, the film is based on those other documents, but I’d still say it counts as a “Bible movie” on some level, inasmuch as many of its narrative elements can be traced back through those sources to the Bible itself. If we can accept Ben-Hur, which was based on a novel, or The Passion of the Christ, which was based on the visions of a 19th-century nun, as “Bible movies” because they contain elements that go back to the scriptures, then we can certainly put this film under the same broad umbrella.

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