Ben-Hur news round-up: Reporters visit the set in Rome, the soundtrack is now available for streaming, and more


Another week, another round-up of Ben-Hur-themed news items.

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The Bible Tour looks back at the History Channel miniseries and ahead to this year’s Ben-Hur remake


It has been three years since The Bible aired on the History Channel, and the franchise keeps on ticking. Two years ago, to promote the big-screen spin-off Son of God, the producers organized a concert tour that combined footage from the film with live music by Christian musicians — and that tour has become an annual tradition.

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Video round-up: New ads for Gods of Egypt and Hail Caesar! New interviews about The Bible and The Young Messiah!


I haven’t got the time or energy right now to write a proper review of the new Star Wars movie, but I’ll try to say something about it soon-ish. In the meantime, here are a few new trailers and interviews re: other films that I’ve been keeping tabs on.

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Why are some Bible stories turned into movies more often than others?


My friend Matt Page is starting a series of posts over at the Bible Films Blog on the question of canonicity and Bible films. Among other things, he asks: Is there a “canon” of Bible films, independent of the biblical canon itself? And is there a reason why certain biblical stories get filmed again and again while others go ignored?

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Killing Jesus gets an Emmy nomination, A.D. doesn’t


Big-screen Bible movies may have been snubbed completely at the Oscars this year, but at least one made-for-TV Bible film got some recognition from its peers when the Primetime Emmy Award nominees were announced this morning.

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Saul’s road-to-Damascus experience: twelve films


The first written reference to the resurrection appearances of Jesus appears not in the gospels but in the epistles of Paul. Specifically, it appears in I Corinthians 15, where Paul passes on a list of the people who have witnessed the risen Jesus — and then, at the end, he writes that Jesus appeared to him, too, “as to one abnormally born.”

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