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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Newsbites: Of Kings and Prophets! Like a Virgin! The Young Messiah!


The Ben-Hur release-date change isn’t the only Bible-movie news story that came my way today. Here are three more recent items on movies with a biblical hook:

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King Saul’s daughter recast in Of Kings and Prophets


New script, new director, new Philistine king. Now Of Kings and Prophets has a new actress playing King Saul’s elder daughter Merav (also known as Merab).

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Watch: The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets


The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets — the ABC series about Saul, David and Samuel — is here, and it’s got some of the expected biblical violence (Goliath, Amalekites, etc.) as well as some of the rumoured biblical sex (Saul has a concubine, while David seems to be having an affair with Saul’s wife).

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Did David marry the wife of King Saul? And other questions raised by the pilot episode for Of Kings and Prophets


It’s a wrap for Of Kings and Prophets!

The pilot for the proposed series about Saul, David and Samuel finished shooting in South Africa a couple days ago, so now seemed like a good time to round up the last batch of Instagrams posted by the show’s cast and crew. A few new details have leaked regarding the angle the script takes on its biblical source material, too.

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Review: David and Goliath (dir. Tim Chey, 2015)


Note from Peter T. Chattaway: David and Goliath opened in 31 theatres in the United States this weekend, where it reportedly earned about $161,000. My friend Martin Stillion offered to review the film for this blog. Here is what he had to say:

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