Now, I would never suggest that the Bible needs help bringing its stories to life, but this series has helped me understand more about the culture of biblical times. After viewing this excellent production, I went back to God’s Word and re-read the book of Jeremiah. What had been laborious esoteric reading before, was now more interesting because I could visually see what was going on. Plus, whenever you think you are being persecuted for doing God’s work, think back on what this poor prophet had to endure. Jeremiah didn’t just serve God because he feared Him, or even because he was one of few who heard the Creator’s voice. He put his life on the line because he loved God.
Visually, the film stunningly reconstructs the settings of Jeremiah’s time in the 6th century B.C., a volatile era that witnessed Jerusalem’s descent from opulence to misery while under siege by the Babylonians. Although Jeremiah is beaten and abused, several people killed by swords, and a king is blinded, the violence is not overly graphic and it is true to what actually happened. The production values are all excellent, and Patrick Dempsey (“Scream 3” and “Outbreak”) gives a dynamic, convincing portrayal. Now this is “must see” TV!