NBC cancels A.D., show might return online in a year or two

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A.D. The Bible Continues is dead for now, but it might get resurrected — online.

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Ben-Hur footage has been revealed — but not online

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Now that A.D. The Bible Continues has come to an end, it’s time for Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to promote their next Jesus-movie project. And so it came to pass yesterday that they, along with Paramount chief Rob Moore, brought some clips from their upcoming adaptation of Ben-Hur to Variety magazine’s ‘Purpose Summit’, a gathering of movie types discussing so-called “faith-based” entertainment.

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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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Watch: Mary, Gamaliel, and Stephen have things to say in three new clips from A.D. The Bible Continues

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The next episode of A.D. The Bible Continues airs this Sunday, and we have three new clips to whet our appetites. You can check them all out below the jump.

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Did A.D. The Bible Continues plagiarize a modern prayer?

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One of the really interesting things about A.D. The Bible Continues is the way it turns the high priest Caiaphas into a much more complicated character than we usually see in adaptations of the gospels. Among other things, the show emphasizes the character’s devout Jewish faith by having him recite a prayer or two in nearly every episode.

Most of the prayers so far have come from the scriptures. In the episode that aired last Sunday, for example, Caiaphas covers his head in ashes while reciting a passage from Psalm 77. But in another scene, he visits Golgotha, where ten innocent Jews have been crucified, and there he recites a prayer that is much, much more recent.

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Watch: An angel breaks the apostles out of prison in a new clip from next week’s episode of A.D. The Bible Continues

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One of several things that sets A.D. The Bible Continues apart from previous adaptations of the book of Acts is its depiction of the angels. While some films and TV shows have shied away from any sort of straightforward portrayal of the angels, A.D. puts them front and centre — and next week’s episode will be no different.

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