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'A.D. The Bible Continues' fan recap: Peter steps out in faith

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Wrath” | Aired Apr 26, 2015

This week, A.D. The Bible Continues explores Peter and John’s interrogation by the High Priest Caiaphas, the continued persecution of the Jews by the Romans, and how the new “Christians” are establishing their community on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Last week, a Jewish zealot—Boaz—took the life of a Roman soldier. Boaz fled, but many other dissenters were arrested and taken into Roman custody. Paul and John were also take into custody for their involvement in the healing of the crippled beggar. In this episode, we see Peter and John in prison, preparing to die, as they listen to the screams of the Jewish men being tortured for the name of Boaz.

Peter and John before CaiaphasPeter and John are then brought before the High Priest Caiaphas, who questions them about their ability to heal. “It is only by the name of Jesus that we can heal,” replies Peter. This angers Caiaphas, who believes it is blasphemous to say that anyone other than God can heal. My favorite part of this scene was the wind. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is often personified as the wind, and it was cool to see how every time the wind swooshed around Peter, he received strength. Caiaphas called the beggar before him, claiming that the man was lying about being crippled and that the healing was faked. The beggar, however, boldly declared he was crippled from birth, and the only reason he was walking now was because John and Peter healed him. Surprisingly, Caiaphas lets John and Peter go on one condition: They are not allowed to preach in the name Jesus.

Peter and John’s release causes great hope to rise in the disciples. Peter is immediately invited to pray over a sick girl. He quietly prays for her. Nothing happens. He prays again, this time with boldness, in Jesus’ name, and she wakes up! The disciples all return to the upper room and decide to live in community with one another, choosing to pool their money and possessions to support everyone equally. While many people freely give what little they have, a married couple—Ananais and Sapphira—give very extravagant gifts, but keep the rest hidden.

At a time when everyone is open to sharing their possessions, this couple holds back. The Holy Spirit reveals their deceit and misplaced motivations to Peter in a vision. When he confronts them about it, they both lie to him. While they are free to do with their money what they choose, their motivations are not open and honest. Their deceitfulness and inability to be transparent with Peter and the Lord cost them everything. They are both killed instantly. Their fear of losing their money stands in stark contrast to Peter and John, who, days earlier, were willing to lose their very lives.

John the Beloved

John also has a vision. He sees himself standing on a stone Star of David. He is not sure why he is meant to go there, but he goes. He finds the Star and meets a wealthy man named Barnabas. Barnabas warns John not to preach there, and tells John not to neglect talking to the wealthy. “I am poor and sick in my soul,” says Barnabas. In that moment, John knows that the Holy Spirit did not lead him to the stone to preach, but to meet and encourage Barnabas. Barnabas then offers Peter and the disciples a parcel of land, and they decide to establish a camp there.

While Paul and John are building their base camp, Caiaphas and Pilate are nearly at each other’s throats over finding the zealot Boaz. Pilate decides to crucify and murder innocent Jewish men—10 every day—until Boaz is found. Pilate’s wife, Claudia, tells him he should consult the Jewish leaders to help find Boaz, but Pilate refuses. Each day that passes, more and more innocent men die. Caiaphas, appalled and remorseful over these innocent deaths, tears his priestly robes and covers himself with ashes. This Jewish custom of mourning and repentance in one you rarely see depicted on screen. It was very visceral and intense to see Caiaphas pouring gray ashes over his face and hair. Caiaphas wails before God, crying out for divine intervention. Caiaphas finally confronts Pilate about the crucifixions, but this only angers Pilate more.

Pontius Pilot

Pilate adds to Caiaphas’ already ash-covered head by pouring the remaining ashes of the dead Roman soldier onto him. It was strange to see Pilate so emotional over the death of a fellow Roman, because only a few weeks prior that, he had all the guards who were stationed outside Jesus’ tomb murdered for their cowardice. Claudia is starting to recognize the moral and mental decline of her husband. Claudia and Leah meet in secret, knowing that neither of their husbands will be able to work together to stop the unrest. They both want to find Boaz, but they don’t know where he is. What they don’t know is that he is hiding out at the disciples’ camp. Peter doesn’t want him there, but offers him refuge if Boaz will repent for his violence. Boaz quotes a military scripture from the Psalms, still unable to grasp the message of peace that Jesus preached about his kingdom.

We are now four episodes into A.D. The Bible Continues, and there is still a lot of ground to cover. A young Stephen was introduced tonight. Many who are familiar with the Bible know that he holds a very significant place in Christian history. Barnabas is also an important man in the Bible, as he grows to become a great encourager to the apostles. At the moment, Peter and John are doing their best to build this new Christian faith, and they are safe for now. If Pilate’s anger and Caiaphas’ fears continue to grow, they may not be safe for long.

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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