The Bible - About

About

The Bible is an epic 5-week, 10-hour television miniseries that aired on the History Channel from Emmy Award winning husband and wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. During the five weeks The Bible aired, it was seen by over 100 million people.

NOTE: The Bible Miniseries realistically depicts scenes from the Bible including battles, massacres and the crucifixion. Some scenes may not be appropriate for children —we would advise leaders and parents to treat this production like a PG-13 movie and make viewing decisions appropriately.

Mark Burnett & Roma Downey

About Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

Roma Downey, star of Touched by an Angel, is a celebrated Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated television and stage actress.

Mark Burnett is a four-time Emmy award winner whose television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Watch a video message from Mark & Roma to pastors »


Miniseries Segment Summary

For two hours each Sunday night, millions of viewers will see the Bible come to life in a way never before seen - with two episodes airing each week. The final episode of the miniseries will air on Easter Sunday 2013 and will feature the death and resurrection of Jesus. Below is a chart showing a summary of what is included in each segment so that your sermon series teaching will correspond to that week's broadcast.

Read a complete segment summary »


Biblical Accuracy & The Bible

The Bible miniseries is not a documentary, it is a scripted, acted docudrama filmed on location in the Middle East and Morocco. Inspired by re-watching the classic Ten Commandments film, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey set out to show the scarlet thread of redemption found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, using the latest special effects and quality film-making techniques.

To help ensure the accuracy of the miniseries many Christian scholars served as advisors and hundreds of Christian leaders have given their endorsement for the miniseries – click here to see endorsements.

According to an interview with Ms. Downey, the miniseries "...is being made with full hearts. We've had scholars and theologians help. We're not pretending to be biblical experts. We brought experts in once the scripts were created to take a look at the scripts to make sure we were accurate and true to the Bible, but obviously we're making a movie, and so we breathed creative expansion into that."

The Bible project advisors include:

Rick Warren - Pastor, Saddleback, Erwin McManus - Pastor, Mosaic, Jim Daly - Focus on the Family, Sam Rodriguez - National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Paul Eshleman - Campus Crusade for Christ, Bobby Gruenewald - YouVersion Bible, Brad Lomenick - Catalyst, Leith Anderson - National Association of Evangelicals, Frank Wright - National Religious Broadcasters, Tom Peterson - Catholics Come Home, Geoff Tunnicliffe - World Evangelical Alliance, Gabe Lyons - Q, Luis Palau, George Wood - Assemblies of God, Craig Groeschel - Life Church, Denny Rydberg - Young Life, Andrew Benton - Pepperdine University


Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I have my planning materials?
When you purchase The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Campaign Kit you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the planning materials.

The History Channel does not have a good rep in the Christian community?
The Bible was produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, not The History Channel. The History Channel is simply the broadcast outlet. There were many advisors and consultants working on this production. A list of the advisors is available on our website. It is also important to remember that this is a dramatization of the Bible and certain creative liberties were taken.

How family friendly are the episodes?
The Bible Series is rated TV14. The sermon illustrations clips included in the Church kit are safe for the family. The small group clip of David and Goliath and the bonus clip included in the kit of Jesus’ dying on the cross might be upsetting to young children. We are including a warning to pastors. We are advising people to treat the actual miniseries as if it were a PG13 movie and decide accordingly if it is appropriate for their children.

Will the church kit include PowerPoint files and Promotional Tools for the website and social media?
Yes, there will be several promotional tools available for in-reach and outreach, including web images, ad samples, and press release templates.

Will it be closed captioned?
That will be up to the discretion of The History Channel. The retail version of the DVD/Blue-Ray is closed captioned.

Will Outreach be selling The Bible DVD and Blu-ray?
Outreach is selling the DVD and Blu-Ray. They are currently available.

Will The Bible DVD be available in Spanish or other languages?
The DVD will have Spanish and French subtitles but will not be dubbed in either language. Site license is currently available. If you need a site license in Spanish we encourage you to buy the retail DVD and digital site license. The Bible 30-Day Experience DVD Study Guidebook and Study Guide are now available in Spanish.

Will The Bible be broadcast internationally?
Currently The Bible is being broadcast in other countries. Each country is on a different schedule. Residents should check their own local TV lisings.

Will The Bible be streamed online?
Not at this time.

Will The Bible be available on Netflix, AppleTV, Blockbuster or Hulu?
The Bible is currently available on iTunes.

Outreach will be offering the site licenses for The Bible, when will these be available?
Outreach has the exclusive rights to the site license. The site license is ONLY available in North America (US, US Territories and Canada. Please click here for details. A site license is required for a public showing of The Bible. The Bible is not covered by CVLI.

Can I get a transcript of the series?
Sorry, those are not available through Outreach. The novel A Story of God And All of Us closely follow the storyline of the miniseries.

Can I get The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Campaign Kit to preview?
Unfortunately we can’t make these available for preview. The sermon outlines and sermon illustration video clips are available on the Outreach.com/Bible website.

Can I preview The Bible 30-Day Guidebook/Study Guide?
Yes, the first chapter of Guidebook/Study Guide is available for preview.

Can my church stream our service that includes the clips from The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Kit?
Yes, as long as the service is not downloadable you can livestream the service where the clips are used. You can not sell DVD recordings of your service that include The Bible clips or post them to a public website (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo). The clips are copyright protected and selling them violates that copyright.

If my church gets The History Channel can we open the doors for a public viewing when the miniseries airs?
You will need to check with your cable or satellite operator to make sure you have the proper subscription that allows for that.

Will The Bible 30-Day Church Experience Kit be available digitally?
Perhaps in the future but at this time it is only available as a boxed kit.


Endorsements

"I've probably seen most, if not all, of the films about the Bible produced in the past 50 years. This one stands alone, in a class by itself, as the best I've ever seen. Brilliantly produced with stunning cinematography, a Hans Zimmer score and academy-worthy acting, it stands head-and-shoulder above the rest. Too many ‘Bible' films end up feeling like documentaries, with stilted dialog, second-class sets, and narration that feels like a lecture. In contrast, this series, draws you into the story from the start. The key to its effectiveness is that it lets the Bible speak for itself, without commentary, excuse or qualification, which makes it unique. This is living history at its best!"

- Dr. Rick Warren, Author, What On Earth Am I Here For?, The Purpose Driven Life

"Thanks for the opportunity to view clips from the upcoming series "The Bible." What I saw impressed me a great deal. It's quite a challenge to get hold of both the Old and New Testaments in only 10 hours of film, but Mark and Roma did a fantastic job. I'm anxious to see the entire series in the spring. I was especially pleased to meet Mark and Roma and have the opportunity to experience the love and passion with which they produced this series. It's truly something that has come from their hearts. May God bless them, and may many souls be led to Christ by their viewing The Bible."

- Bishop Michael Sheridan, Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO

"Unlike any other film or miniseries I've ever encountered, The Bible brings the Word of God to life in the full richness of its scope, diversity, power, and magnificence. History and mystery collide as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey infuse every scene with their divinely inspired vision for sharing the poetic beauty and timeless wisdom of Scripture. This series helps us all to experience the flesh-and-blood stories of the Bible in a new light and draws us to the Divine Author who continues writing His eternal masterpiece. You will be enthralled, encouraged, and inspired by The Bible – seeing really is believing!"

- Bishop T.D. Jakes, author, pastor, The Potter's House

"The Bible mini series is beautiful, majestic and epic! The story of the Bible has never been taught like this. These stories will be illuminating to those who have grown up with the Bible as well as the millions of intellectually curious people who want to better understand the greatest stories from the greatest book of all time. Roma and Mark are giving the world a beautiful gift and it will be life changing for millions of people."

- Anthony "Tony” Robbins, speaker and author

"I love the passion and enthusiasm that my friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have invested in their new History Channel series, The Bible. Rather than a word-for-word documentary, this project combines drama and history in a way that captures the essence and heart of the Gospel and the broader biblical story. I'm convinced that The Bible represents a unique opportunity to convey God's redemptive message to a broad audience-many of whom may be unfamiliar with the narrative of Scripture. My prayer is that many lives will be impacted not only by the beauty and quality of the production, but by the Truth that lies at the center of the story."

- Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

"Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s miniseries, The Bible, proves that when talent and passion collide, the outcome is spectacular. Having spent time with them on the set, Victoria and I witnessed firsthand not only the genius of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey but the deep and abiding passion they possess for God’s Word. Every aspect of this production from the acting to the poignant storytelling is accomplished with excellence. In particular, I found Roma’s portrayal of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to be both moving and genuine. Mark and Roma have succeeded in doing what few before them have done; they have produced a work that truly reflects the masterpiece that is the Holy Bible."

- Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, #1 NY Times bestselling author

"Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's mini-series The Bible is an unqualified success. It rises above its forebears, shining with cinematic artistry, dramatic creativity, and essential biblical fidelity."

- Frank Wright, Ph.D., President & CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

"Because I grew up knowing about the bible but not understanding it, I'm overwhelmed with excitement about The Bible series. It's impossible to put into words the awe-inspiring emotions I felt watching the Bible stories come to life on the screen. The attention to detail is impeccable. The acting is deeply moving. The music is breathtaking. I'm waiting with anticipation to see all the lives The Bible Series will impact. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have given the world a gift."

- Craig Groeschel, pastor, Lifechurch.tv

"Mark Burnett and Roma Downey created a masterpiece. Never before have we seen a work of visual and audio artistry that captures the passion of God's word, the purpose of faith full narratives and the promise of a redemptive outcome like The Bible. Mark and Roma's commitment to a project that engages the heart and the head of each viewer serves as a catalytic platform for the purpose of engaging generations with the greatest message of all; hope and eternal life. I am honored to be associated with this powerful and life changing project."

- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

"This series is stunning - superbly acted and beautifully produced. It brings the stories of the Bible to life in an extraordinary way."

- Nicky Gumbel, Alpha International

"When I heard of Mark and Roma's The Bible project, I thought, 'I hope they get it right!' As an Advisor on the project, I now know they've done just that. From the moment I read the first scripts, through the process of refining them, I was thrilled to see how the classic stories of the Bible were being dramatically portrayed with loving care for biblical integrity and attention to core theological truths. The desire to produce The Bible in a way that honors God and the Bible has permeated the project. This is an exceptional gift to the faith community...and the world!"

- Dr. Bob Beltz, Sr. Pastor, Highline Community Church in Denver; Sr. Advisor to Chairman of The Anschutz Corporation

"Not since Cecil B. DeMille's production of The Ten Commandments has a powerful, major Hollywood production like 'The Bible' been released worldwide. This miniseries, featuring the music of Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer, will help millions to experience God's Word in a visual, dramatic way."

- Geof Morin, American Bible Society

"We have read all the scripts, spent time on the set and viewed some remarkable footage. The World Evangelical Alliance stands fully behind this incredible Bible project. It could be one of the greatest gifts provided to the global church for this and future generations."

- Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance

"We were extremely impressed by the production quality of Mark and Roma's mini-series The Bible, and thankful for their personal testimonies and commitment to spreading the good news of Jesus to the world."

- Tom Peterson, Catholics Come Home® / Virtue Media™

"I'm passionate about leveraging technology and media to help millions of people experience the Bible through the YouVersion Bible App. I'm convinced that Mark and Roma's series The Bible will bring God's Word to life in the hearts of millions of people who may have never opened the book or launched our app. I am in full support of this project and can't wait for everyone to see it."

- Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation Leader at LifeChurch.tv and founder of YouVersion

"The dedicated artistry of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, in their portrayal of seminal stories from the Bible, greatly strengthens my confidence in truths I hold close to my heart. The passages I have known intellectually for many years have now come to life. This series is going to evoke a significant and important discussion and I feel deeply indebted to Mark and Roma for their courage and their commitment to authenticity and essential truth."

- Andrew K. Benton, President, Pepperdine University

"This celebration of The Bible will inspire people around the world to rediscover a beloved text in new ways. This is a passion project nurtured with love and care by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and the entire creative team. I was thoroughly impressed by the deep faith expressed throughout this epic series."

- Craig Detweiler, PhD, Director, Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture Pepperdine University

"Today's entertainment obsessed generation needs a striking visual presentation of the Gospel to grab their attention and hearts. Mark and Roma's mini series The Bible achieves exactly this with unforgettable images, dialogue and music in a never-before-seen synergy that God is going to mightily use to reach this generation."

- Dr. Aaron Tabor, MD, CEO of Jesus Daily®

"The Bible mini-series is an inspiring, top-notch production that will resonate for generations to come. Successfully telling the love story between man and God in such a vibrant and cinematic way is desperately needed, and the fact that this series has accomplished it is miraculous."

- Greg and Jennifer Willits, Catholics Next Door radio show; NewEvangelizers.com

"The Bible is visually stunning and spiritually evocative - I couldn't stop crying the first time I watched it! This incredibly realistic depiction of the divine love story between our Creator-Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and humanity is a huge gift for both the church and culture at large."

- Lisa Harper, Ministry Director of Women of Faith

"I can't think of anyone better than producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey to bring to television The Bible. The Holy Bible is the greatest book ever written, for in its pages God Himself speaks to mankind. I'm thrilled that this coming Spring 2013 millions of people, many for the first-time, will discover through this 10-hour docudrama the history, power, inspiration and life changing message of the Bible. The Bible alone truly answers the greatest questions of life. I've seen video clips of Mark and Roma's straightforward interpretation of some of these greatest stories in history as told in The Bible and the production is absolutely captivating, especially the telling of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This will easily do for the History Channel what Roots did for ABC-TV back in 1977."

- Luis Palau, president of Luis Palau Ministries

"This TV series of snapshots from biblical history makes these events dramatically come alive and generate involvement that can have transformative effects on the viewers. I expect the TV series The Bible to be the subject of conversations for a long time. I give it 2 thumbs up!"

- Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University

"This is an excellent dramatization of the Bible-its historically credible, put together with sensitivity and imagination, and at times truly moving. The producers have a wonderful ability to make you think about familiar scenes in an entirely new way. The relationship between Caiaphas and Pilate is very cleverly done: we get an insight into first century power games, what was at stake for them both, This is one of the best portrayals of Caiaphas I've seen. He comes across as a real first century priest with his own concerns and dilemmas; not an embodiment of evil, but a misguided leader intent on his own course of action."

- Dr Helen K Bond, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh; author of Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation Caiaphas: Friend of Rome and Judge of Jesus?

"Once in a great while a television series comes out that is so meaningful in its message, so extraordinary is in its presentation, and so deeply touches the heart and soul, it is not only a must see for you, but it is a must see for everyone you know. The Bible, by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, is that kind of series. I highly recommend it."

- Ken Foreman, Senior Pastor, Cathedral of Faith

"The Bible Series is powerful beyond words. Mark and Roma's unrelenting dedication to principle and the investment of their hearts is abundantly apparent in this wonderful project. As president of Parents Television Council I spend much of my time criticizing the ubiquitous flow of graphic and gratuitous sex and violence and profanity in entertainment, especially when marketed to children. It is gratifying to see industry leaders working to give families something so positive, uplifting, inspiring, educational and entertaining."

- Timothy F. Winter, President, Parents Television Council

"I was blessed and blown away by the miniseries, THE BIBLE. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have done an outstanding job in capturing both the power of God and the frailties of humanity as they bring the Old and New Testament to life on the screen. I believe the Lord is going to use this miniseries to touch lives and generate meaningful conversation about the greatest story ever told...the story of God. Thank you, Mark and Roma for your faith, courage, and dedication in getting God's Word of love and salvation to the masses."

- Pastor Jeff Schreve, First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas and From His Heart Ministries

"Before meeting Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, I knew of them from their vast television credits. Who knew that they would tackle a dramatic scripted mega-series based on the Bible? And yet, they've succeeded with this profound project; not by just telling Bible stories, but by revealing truly inspired events from Genesis to Revelation with tender care and authentic biblical accuracy. The result is a masterful portrayal of an intimate, loving God and how He relates to His people. The Bible Mini-series should be watched by every living person, now and into the future. It has the potential to change lives and entire cultures!"

- Dick Rolfe, co-founder and CEO, The Dove Foundation

"Today's children and youth are fascinated and moved by stories. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have given us a profound gift by capturing the dramatic narratives of the Bible. The Bible helps bring the basic stories of scripture to life. I'm excited to see how this dramatic portrayal of the scriptures will be used to stimulate our children and youth to examine the redemptive truths of the Bible in a deeper way."

- Daryl Nuss, Executive Director/CEO, National Network of Youth Ministries

"We are at a time in history where visual story is the communications medium whereby people get and give information - through cells phones, computers, TV's and movies. Visual Media is the literature of our times. The Bible miniseries by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey is a great example of leveraging today's technology and media allowing their great creativity for storytelling to bring to life the Word of God in a way that will move people to the truth of these powerful biblical stories. I think you can count on one hand the number of meaningful and well-done movies that present the Bible is some form or fashion, and I would say that The Bible series is one of those masterpieces, with passion and heart to bring the Truth to the masses. I thank Mark and Roma for paying attention to God's leading to bring this powerful series to life and pouring their hearts and souls into this incredibly dramatic and life-moving project!"

- Jess Stainbrook, Executive Vice President of Scripture Union USA

"The Bible has come alive through stories, sermons, ancient scrolls, paintings, stained glass windows, and printed translations. This series by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett is the Bible for the 21st century. Add it to the list of masterpieces!"

- Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

"This Bible series is one of those rare things that comes from the heart. In our world we should cherish things that are made with such love. Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast. It is not proud. When everything else is gone, faith, hope, and love remain. But the greatest of these is love. If you have love in you, you will see love in this series. And you will see something of us all in these series."

- Dr. Maya Angelou

"When I viewed The Bible, I soon forgot I was watching a film---I felt I was on the scene, a bystander as the incredible and eternally important events took place. There is no glamorization, no "Hollywood" production; there is instead a gritty, unpretentious realism, an observed humanness and naturalness that brings the Bible to life before your eyes. I felt I was living and breathing it myself, and I now know every person..and Jesus Himself...as if I'd been there when each thing happened. What other film has ever done that?"

- Pat Boone, CEO, Pat Boone Enterprises

"From what we've seen so far, Movieguide highly supports this wonderful adaption of the Bible. We consider this a must see!"

- Evy Baehr, Movieguide®

"Mark and Roma have provided a true gift to this generation. The Bible project is part of the continuous legacy of faith that seeks to bring Scripture to people everywhere in the lingua franca. This cinematographic presentation is not just moving but inspiring. May all who view it be blessed like we were."

- Gabriel & Jeanette Salguero, Co-Founders, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

"The Bible is outstanding. In some ways, it does the same kind of thing that trips to Israel do. That land is actually no more "holy" than any other land. But being physically there re-enforces the critically important fact that the events described in Scripture took place in space and time. Christianity is thus far more than a philosophy; our faith is founded on historical events. "The Bible" powerfully does the same kind of thing and because it does, viewers will find their appreciation of the Bible and, even more important, their understanding of the God of the Bible significantly enhanced. And it doesn't get much more important than that!"

- Dr. Samuel Logan, International Director, The World Reformed Fellowship

"Just got finished seeing the Bible and it is absolutely astounding, amazing, anointed. What a presentation that we can bring the gospel, real life on screen to show the story, the love of God, the power of Christ, the presence of God. You have to get involved. You need to be apart of this. It's life transforming and I know that this is not just a project, this is an assignment that God has given not just Mark and Roma but given us as the Body to carry forth to the world. God Bless you."

- Pastor Paula White, New Destiny Christian Center

"Mark and Roma fulfill their definitive purpose with The Bible. This epic mini-series will shift the eternal destiny of millions of people throughout the planet - past, present and future. I am also impressed with the increased cultural diversity represented throughout the series. This depiction of people of color is closer to the people that live during Biblical antiquity. Every human on the planet must embrace The Bible."

- Bishop Rodney Sampson, MBA