Jamal Bryant Collection

The Bible-Bryant

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As Noah endures God’s wrath in his lonely ark, he recounts man’s descent from Adam into wickedness. God has sent a flood to cleanse humanity, to offer a new beginning. Years later, Noah’s descendant Abraham is given a message by God. He is promised a land of his own, and starts out on the long and arduous journey to reach it. Abraham’s only descendant, his nephew Lot, chooses his own path and leaves his uncle to start again in Sodom, where he will escape death when the sinful city is destroyed by God. Meanwhile, Abraham reaches the Promised Land but his covenant with God is still not complete – he has been promised offspring as numerous as the stars. But his wife, Sarah, is barren. Much to her pain she encourages Abraham to sleep with servant girl Hagar to father a child. Ishmael is born. But years later three angels from God arrive with exciting news – Sarah will indeed bear a child, Isaac. Abraham is now forced to choose between his two sons. He casts Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. God then exacts on Abraham one final, terrible test. Calling for the sacrifice of his one remaining son Isaac, Abraham is forced to prove his faith in his new God. He passes the test and Isaac is allowed to live. The faith of the Israelites begins here, with the family of Abraham. Isaac has a son called Jacob who God re-names Israel…

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The Israelites are slaves in a foreign land, Egypt, ruled harshly by the Pharaoh, and forced to construct his new cities. But one member of the Egyptian Royal household, Moses, does not belong there. In a fight with Pharaoh’s son, Moses’ true origins are humiliatingly revealed to him – he is not of royal blood, but an Israelite slave. He leaves Egypt, spending years in the wilderness, until God visits him and tells him to free his people. But the new Pharaoh will not give up the slaves so God sends plague after devastating plague to persuade him otherwise. The final plague – death to all firstborn sons – is shocking. By marking their doors, the Israelites are saved, but the Pharaoh has no such reprieve. Mourning his child, he releases the Israelites. But soon questions his choice and follows them with hundreds of chariots, reaching them just as they arrive at the edge of the Red Sea. Trapped by the Egyptian army, Moses puts his faith in God and is rewarded with an awesome miracle: the Red Sea parts, allowing the Israelites to escape. Now on their way to the Promised Land and freedom, Moses delivers his final message from God – the Ten Commandments. The Israelite people have a nation, a society with rules. They just need their land. Moses asks Joshua to lead them to it.

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Joshua, continuing Moses’ quest to secure the Promised Land, takes the city of Jericho. God’s promise to Abraham is finally being fulfilled. But after many years in their homeland, the Israelites find other invaders also want the land. Of all their opponents, the Philistines are the fiercest and to confront them, the Israelites need a new kind of leader. God sends them Judges, like Samson who is blessed with immense strength but who is tested when his strength is removed at the hands of his betraying lover Delilah, and he has to rely on faith alone to defeat the Philistines. The Israelites’ grip on their homeland remains precarious, and so the people ask the prophet, Samuel, to appoint a king to transform the homeland into a powerful kingdom. Reluctantly, Samuel chooses the charismatic warrior Saul. The ensuing power struggle between Samuel and Saul ends bitterly over a misplaced sacrifice, and Samuel abandons the new king, and searches for another. Finding young shepherd boy David, Samuel is told by God that this will be the next king of Israel, and Samuel duly anoints him. But anointing a new king whilst the current one still reigns is a dangerous move which threatens to throw the new nation into civil war…

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Saul, the king of Israel, is slowly sinking into paranoia. Bitterly regretting his dispute with the prophet Samuel, he is convinced that he has lost the chance to establish his own dynasty, and the kingdom he has fought so hard to secure will at any moment be snatched from him. When David’s popularity explodes after he proves himself by brilliantly defeating the Philistine warrior Goliath, Saul’s mistrust grows. Convinced that David is after his crown, he exiles him from his court and then doggedly pursues him, consumed with jealously. It is a decision which proves fatal: the Philistines trounce the divided Israelites. Saul and his son Jonathan are both killed in battle – leaving the throne open for David. A golden age for Israel follows, as David conquers the city of Jerusalem and settles the Ark of the Covenant. They have a nation, a homeland, a capital. But David is but an earthly king, seduced by power and lust. He falls for Bathsheba, the wife of his loyal friend and officer, Uriah, and takes her as his own. When Bathsheba falls pregnant, he orders the death of his friend. David is duly punished by God – his son dies. But God forgives him, and his second son by Bathsheba, Solomon. It is Solomon who will build God’s temple in Jerusalem.

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400 years later, and the Jewish Kingdom has fallen. Under the leadership of the lowly King Zedekiah, who has refused to listen to the warnings of the prophet Jeremiah, the city of Jerusalem is taken by the ruthless and powerful leader of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar. The Jews lose their city and are led on a forced exile back to Babylon where they are enslaved. Here their faith is tested when they are forced to worship an enormous statue of the Babylonian king – to them an act of idolatry. And when Daniel’s three friends refuse to bow down they are thrown into the fire, but are saved by the Angel of the Lord. Nebuchadnezzar at first comes to faith, but his arrogance later leads to a time of insanity, leaving the empire vulnerable to defeat by the great Cyrus of Persia. But Cyrus will again test the Jews’ faith by ordering them not to worship God for a whole month. Nobleman and Jewish leader Daniel, a man of tenable faith, cannot abide, and when he is thrown into the lions’ den as punishment he has nothing but his belief to save him. But his faith endures, and God spares him. Cyrus, now understanding the power of Daniel’s God, allows the return of the Jews to Jerusalem. They have survived the Babylonian exile, and learned the importance of keeping God in their hearts.

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The Romans dominate the Mediterranean through fear and oppression, and the Jews crave a new messiah. Instead they have Herod the Great, put on the throne by the Romans. When pious Jews rebel, Herod executes them. In Galilee, Mary and Joseph watch helplessly as tax collectors ransack their village. Then Angel Gabriel’s words to Mary change everything – she will bear a child, the Son of God. Bravely, Joseph takes Mary as his wife and on to Bethlehem for the census. Others are also traveling… Balthazar and other astrologers are tracking a new star. They enquire of Herod whether he knows where the prophesied King of the Jews will be born. As baby Jesus enters the world, these strangers are the first to pay their respects. But the next will be terrible – jealous Herod orders the death of all Bethlehem’s male babies. But he Holy family escapes. When they return years later, they find an even more divided land – Judea is now under direct Roman rule, headed by the ruthless Governor Pilate. Out in the wilderness, prophet John the Baptist shouts wildly that the Jews must repent, prepare, be baptized. Jesus appears, ready to take on his mission, and John baptizes him. Almost ready, he takes on Satan in the desert and emerges stronger, more certain. Now he just needs followers. He finds Peter, his first disciple, and now he is ready… the revolution can begin.

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  3. Again doc you have out did your self you help the body of Christ see a clear picture some try to make it look bad because it was not like they thought it should be bless you man of God stay prayerful pastor Akins

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    • Hello Birgitta, thank you for your post.

      As a seeker of truth, open and transparent dialogue regarding Biblical antiquity, we were originally inclined to feature your post of Rev, Wil Gafney’s blog regarding Samson in The Bible Series produced by Mark and Roma Burnett and distributed by History Channel and Lifetime. My team was also internally dialoguing on how we could create a national conversation between thinkers such as Rev. Gafney and evangelicals that were early advisors to The Bible Series.

      Yet, her recent false tweets based clearly on a lack of knowledge and definitive research and truth lead us to believe that she is not seeking an open dialogue and conversation regarding the lack of cultural authenticity and inaccurate historical context portrayed in the mini-series; but that she is simply on a self-promoting campaign fueled by her personal attack on those faith leaders that are participating in our Bible Sermons Project. Her isolated rant doesn’t promote healthy dialogue, conversation, re-thinking or change in a dominating patriarchal culture where “whiteness” is likened unto “Christianity”. It promotes herself only and why she should continue to be relevant and necessary to her audience. It promotes her platform (i.e. speaking honorariums, book advances, royalties, sponsored expeditions and mainstream opt-ed posts, etc).

      We would encourage Rev. Gafney to seek definitive and recognizable change as it relates to racial and cultural representation within the very organization that she is ordained as a priest – The Episcopalian Church. They too perpetuate past and ongoing inaccurate and unrighteous imagery as it relates to the representation of the human species throughout Biblical antiquity, particularly their depiction of Jesus, the Christ, himself. Their quest to become an “affirming” church before they become a “dignifying” church baffles me. Yet, still, there is no record of her resigning her posts, voiding her canonical benefits (tangible and intangible) and continuing forward as an independent servant of this liberating cause. Double standards forfeit authenticity.

      Now, rather than to simply ignore the lack of color and representation of women in the mini-series, we created the conversation and dialogue directly with the executive producers (Roma Downey and Mark Burnett). We also sought permission to create an official sermon series inspired by the mini-series in order to create an opportunity for faith leaders of color and beyond to add a complimentary voice to the epic mini-series that millions have watched to date and will potentially engage for decades to come.

      Authentic relationships are built over time and that is what we are doing with the Burnetts. Change is inevitable but takes time to realize and manifest. Who knows? Perhaps our process has created influence and access to those decision makers in Hollywood and entertainment based culture who seem to back their convictions with capital; and perhaps one day soon we will see an accurate depiction of Adam and Eve, Moses, Pharaoh, Joshua, Samson and Delilah, David, Mary, Joseph and Jesus (with skin of bronze and hair of lamb’s wool) on the big screen.

      Until then, we are left to continue liberating our minds (intellect, will and emotions), souls, spirits and bodies with the “letter” (i.e. multiplicity of versions of the Bible that are published, distributed and available in print, film and cinema). Yet, scripture reminds us that the “letter killeth” but the “Spirit brings life”. Spirit encourages us to seek change through revelation, connectivity, conversation, dialogue and reciprocity; not isolated bickering, complaining and grand-standing. Spirit demands that we seek facts before we tweet and post. Spirit demands that we seek forgiveness when our ignorance was discovered.

      The Word is truth because truth is precedent; no matter how it is manipulated or distorted. Just look at American chattel slavery and emancipation of its Southern slaves by President Lincoln in 1863. The same Bible that was used to enslave our people (physically, mentally and spiritually) was and is being used to liberate our people physically, mentally and spiritually. The truth will ultimately prevail.

      Finally, remember, it is “History Channel” and not “Our Story Channel”. It is OUR responsibility to write, fund and distribute our story.

      Again, we welcome intelligent and meaningful dialogue and conversation. However, ignorance and verbal abuse will not be tolerated at all. Grace and peace.

      Regards,

      + Rodney Sampson
      @rodneysampson
      Executive Producer
      Bible Series Sermons

  5. Glory to God this series has been so powerful and eye opening! God ‘s word is magnified& on display with a totally different nontraditional approach. I’m flying in for Easter service I need to feel& see the move of God in all 3 services lol. God bless!

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