One of my co-workers, a Muslim, kept asking me if I had been watching the Bible miniseries. When I told him that I had not, he said, “You should, you would like it.”
“I usually don’t like it when Hollywood does a Bible movie,” I told him. “They usually add all kinds of stuff to it that’s not in the Bible. Like in the movie The Ten Commandments, they made it as though Moses and Pharaoh’s wife had once been in love, which is completely extra-biblical. I mean, the Bible is the best-selling book of all-time, it’s not like they can improve on it.”
“No, man, you’ve got to see it,” he said. “They made Samson this huge black guy.” (My co-worker was black.)
After he said that I was thinking, “Samson, a Jewish leader, was a big black guy?” I almost made a joke and said, “Sammy Davis Jr. is the only black Jewish guy I’ve ever seen,” but I didn’t.
But he continued: “And the angels who went into Sodom and Gomorrah, they were like Ninjas, man. Just one of them was like killing all these guys with his sword.”
This, of course, meant that the story was already diverging from Scripture...