How should Catholics read the Bible?


By Micah Kiel, Ph.D.


The History Channel started a new miniseries simply called “The Bible.” From what I have been able to see through clips and previews available on the website, the series hopes to portray a series of biblical stories — from both the Old and New Testament — in all of their gritty glory. From the website itself: “This 10-hour docudrama explores the sacred text’s most significant episodes, including Noah’s journey in the ark, the Exodus and the life of Jesus.” While I’m sure there is nothing harmful in watching such a series, its very production points to a serious flaw in how many people understand the Bible. To portray events, such as the Exodus or Noah’s ark, in a visible narrative form, perpetuates a great injustice: it does not respect the type of literature they were intended to be.

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