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'A.D. The Bible Continues' fan react: The Holy Spirit arrives

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “The Spirit Arrives” | Aired Apr 19, 2015

Bravo to A.D. The Bible Continues for doing an utterly fantastic job of showcasing the dangerous and tumultuous religious and political climates of the early Christian period. So many Biblical stories tell the story of Christ, but rarely do they show the cultural ramifications that are left in Jesus’ wake.

Rome is bearing down on the Jews in Jerusalem in an attempt to squash an uprising. The Jewish leaders are trying to maintain some sense of peace and safety as thousands gather in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. In the midst of these frightful political tensions, Jesus returns to heaven, leaving one request for his disciples: Wait for the Holy Spirit. The one caveat to his request? Wait in Jerusalem. It’s as if Jesus was saying, “Even though you are wanted men and women, even though you barely escaped with your lives, I want you to wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.” But why Jerusalem?

Back to Jerusalem

In episode three of A.D., “The Spirit Arrives,” we see Peter (Adam Levy) and the disciples in Galilee, fishing and spending time with their families. Life is quiet here—peaceful. Most people would want to stay in a place like this after almost dying at the hands of the Romans in Jerusalem. Peter decides not to stay, and leaves Galilee and his daughter Maya (Helen Daniels). He loves her, but he knows she will be safer away from the city. When he arrives in Jerusalem, he finds the disciples, Mary mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene in an upper room, hiding from the Romans and the Jewish leaders.

Peters Daughter Maya

When Peter tells Maya about Jesus’ being resurrected … her reaction is priceless. What her father is telling her is unfathomable, and yet she believes him, because she knows her father is an honest man. We, the audience, can look through Maya’s eyes at this man who, albeit terrified of being imprisoned, believes what he has seen, and is willing to pursue Jesus at all costs. At one point Maya asks her father if he will be killed: “I don’t know,” is all he can say. The threat of death is real, but Peter and everyone else in the upper room is willing to take the risk.

While the disciples are waiting on the Holy Spirit, Jerusalem is filling up with people in town for the Festival of Pentecost. Festivals are important in Jewish culture, as they are scripturally mandated times of fasting, celebration, sacrifice, and worship. Pilate, while planning to return to his Roman home in Caesarea, decides to stay during the Festival. After the incident at Jesus’ tomb, he is untrusting of Caiaphas and the Jewish leaders. Pilate decides to enter the Temple on the festival day, as a show of strength and Roman force. For a Jewish person, this would be an abomination. No gentile (non-Jewish person) can enter such a holy place. The High Priest Caiaphas allows Pilate to enter the Temple, but it is a short-lived visit, as several attempts are made on Pilate’s life.

Fire from Heaven








 Fire from heaven

In the midst of this Roman/Jewish standoff, Peter, Mary, and Jesus’ followers are in the upper room praying: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name …” They pray this over and over, repeating this prayer until a river of fire pours out of heaven and swirls into the room. This fire winds around and immerses all of those praying. All of a sudden, their “our fathers” turn into “ons vader,” “ama namin,” “notre pere,” “pater noster,” and a dozen other known and unknown languages. When the fire leaves, Peter is a changed man. They are all changed. What they were waiting for has come, and now it’s time to deliver the message! Peter may have doubted if he was the man Jesus thought he was before, but now he knows that he is. He has been imbued with power from on high, and he is ready to lead Jesus’ people.

John in Prison

With boldness and tenacity, Peter heads toward the temple. He looks Caiaphas right in the face and declares that Jesus the Nazarene has indeed risen from the dead. Crowds gather to hear Peter’s message. A man, crippled and begging for money, takes Peter by the hand. Peter declares to him, “Silver and gold I have not, but what I have [that empowering fire from heaven], I give you in the name of Jesus.” The man, crippled most of his life, rises and walks. This miracle is an outrage to Caiaphas, and Peter and John are beaten and thrown in prison.

If you are familiar with the Book of Acts, you know this won’t be the last time any of Jesus’ followers are imprisoned for their beliefs and their miracles. It’s funny how healing someone or proclaiming any message other then the acceptable one could get you thrown in jail during this time. While many of Jesus’ followers will find their voices and their boldness throughout this series, it’s wonderful to see Peter in the early days of his faith. Peter is one of the most well-respected men in all of Christianity. It’s awesome to watch his journey from doubter to believer unfold on this show.

A.D. The Bible Continues airs Sundays at 9/8C on NBC.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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