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'A.D. The Bible Continues' video exclusive: Rome threatens Israel

Tensions are mounting on A.D. The Bible Continues, and there is only one episode left before the June 21 season finale. Last week, word began to spread throughout Israel that Roman Emperor Caligula ordered Pontius Pilate to set up a statue of the Emperor inside the Temple in Jerusalem. This is a direct assault against the Jewish people. Caiaphas is calling it the “abomination” from the Book of Daniel. Rome has been able to keep the peace in Jerusalem up until now, but this statue may be the tipping point that hurls both of these communities into war.

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'A.D. The Bible Continues' fan recap: Saul tests the disciples

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “The Persecution” | Aired May 10, 2015

A.D. The Bible Continues is an intense political and religious drama. For anyone who is familiar with the Biblical accounts of the early days of Christianity, you may find it fascinating to see these early days placed in Middle Eastern historical context. It’s also interesting to see how there were three prominent schools of thought in Israel at this time.

First, there’s traditional Judaism, the strict following of the law of Moses and the worship of God at the temple in Jerusalem. Second, there is Rome, which occupies Jerusalem and rules with an iron fist. Third, there are the Christians, Jewish converts who believe the law of Moses has been fulfilled in the person of Jesus, who is the resurrected son of God.

In the midst of this religious/political triangle of thought and ideologies, each sect leader is struggling to make sense of how to rule. Peter is continually learning how to lead Christ’s people. Caiaphas is doing his best to lead the Jews, but finds himself stuck between his people and Rome. Pilate is mostly concerned with keeping civil peace and tax laws, but he keeps getting dragged into religious proceedings. This week’s episode shows how all of these groups are connected, and how one can cause violence to another merely out of fear.

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'A.D. The Bible Continues' fan recap: The first Christian martyr

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The First Martyr” | Aired May 3, 2015

A.D. The Bible Continues hit hard this week, asking questions of morality, justice, and sacrifice. The zealot Boaz is hiding at the disciples’ camp. Peter’s daughter is feeling increasingly more afraid. Pontius Pilate’s thirst for blood and vengeance continues to grow. Jews are being crucified daily.

This week’s episode continues to prove that we are not learning Sunday-school lessons on this show, but real lessons—both about how to stand for peace without placating to dictators and live with conviction without losing your soul or your life.Read More

'A.D. The Bible Continues' exclusive video clip: Peter and Mary

Last Sunday on A.D. The Bible Continues, we saw Peter and the disciples establish the first official Christian community. Barnabas gave them a parcel of land where they could safely camp outside the city of Jerusalem. Everyone who wanted to be a part of this community pooled their money and belongings.

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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.Read More

'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?Read More

Why I'm loving 'A.D. The Bible Continues'

Jesus is dead. His followers are scattered. Jerusalem is experiencing earthquakes. Religious leaders fear a fake resurrection. Political leaders fear a real rebellion. Everyone in the city is reeling from the intense events of the last few days of Passover. Everyone is waiting to see if Jesus’ prophecy about himself will be fulfilled. This is the political, social, and emotional climate in which A.D. The Bible Continues finds itself.

A.D. asks many questions: What did life look like after the death and resurrection of Jesus? How did these events affect his friends, his family, his followers? How did they affect Jerusalem? These events birthed the entire Christian faith, but how did it all start? How did a small group of rejected men and women start a movement that to this day continues to expand across the globe? These are the questions A.D. seeks to answer, and I am fascinated to see how they are going to convey the rich elements of this story.

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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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