Watch: Five new TV spots for Of Kings & Prophets

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Goliath throws a javelin, Saul argues with Samuel, and David gets intimate with both Saul’s daughter Michal and his wife Ahinoam in two new TV spots that were posted to the Of Kings & Prophets Twitter account today. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Watch: The first full trailers for the new Of Kings & Prophets

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It’s been a bumpy road for Bible-themed TV shows lately.

The New Testament-themed A.D. The Bible Continues was cancelled after just one season last year, thanks to its falling ratings, and the Old Testament-themed Of Kings & Prophets had to scrap its original pilot episode and start over from scratch.

But now that second pilot is upon us, and the ABC network has released a new trailer in advance of the series’ premiere. In it, we find the young shepherd David caught between a jealous king, a predatory queen and a prophet of uncertain motives — and we get a taste of his looming confrontation with a certain Philistine giant.

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Watch: New teaser for Of Kings & Prophets, plus new photos and an “historical introduction” to the biblical series

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With Of Kings and Prophets set to premiere just two months from now, the ABC network is stepping up its publicity campaign. In the last two weeks they have released a 15-second teaser, several new photos, and a press release that explains how the battles depicted in this series are “an origin story” for the conflicts that currently bedevil the Middle East. You can check all those things out below the jump.

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Sex and power in Bible stories and Of Kings and Prophets

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Now here’s an interesting coincidence.

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A brief note on two important characters whose presence in the new version of Ben-Hur has not yet been confirmed

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Earlier this year, I kept fairly close tabs on who was being cast in the new film version of Ben-Hur, but I didn’t pay much attention at the time to who wasn’t being cast in the film. Which is to say, I didn’t notice at the time that there were was no news whatsoever regarding certain major characters or who might play them.

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Ray Winstone on family, politics, and that injury he got while playing King Saul in Of Kings and Prophets

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I have always liked Ray Winstone as an actor, but I didn’t really know much about him as a person until I came across this interview with him that The Telegraph ran today.

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