Risen: a scene guide (with clips and scriptural references)

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Two years ago, I made a spreadsheet charting the similarities and differences between The Bible and its big-screen spin-off Son of God. Last year, I wrote detailed recaps for each episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, noting how the series made use of both the scriptures and secular history. Now it’s Risen’s turn to go under the microscope.

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

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Season 1, Episode 12 — ‘The Abomination’
Acts 10-11

Editing Acts, redux. The final episode of A.D. The Bible Continues kicks off with the conversion of Cornelius as described in Acts 10, but changes some of the details.

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

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Season 1, Episode 2 — ‘The Body Is Gone’
Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1

Harmonization, redux. It’s pretty much impossible to harmonize the empty-tomb accounts in the four canonical gospels, and A.D. The Bible Continues doesn’t even try. It does, however, blend the various resurrection appearances that took place afterwards, as well as the final words of Jesus in Matthew and Acts.

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Watch: Seventeen new videos for A.D. The Bible Continues, including cast interviews, episode previews and a sneak peek of the digital-series spin-off Beyond A.D.

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One episode down, eleven to go! With A.D. The Bible Continues now airing on Sunday nights, the producers and the network are continuing to put out new videos to promote the series, ranging from a 30-second TV spot to a weekly half-hour talk show — Beyond A.D. — that will begin streaming on the NBC website this Sunday.

You can check out the most recent batch of videos below the jump.

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Terrence Malick dips into the Gnostic Acts of Thomas

knightofcupsChristian Bale has already played Moses and Jesus. Might he now be playing the apostle Thomas as well?

Not literally, of course. Well, I assume not. But this week a trailer and synopsis were released for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, which stars Bale, and the synopsis at least seems to hark back to an apocryphal text called the Acts of Thomas.

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