CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 14:12 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Easter Sunday season two premiere of The Chosen, an evangelical Christian-produced internet series dramatizing the life of Jesus and his disciples, could have significant influence on religion and culture, a veteran religion journalist has said.
“Even reporters who I know are linked into the evangelical culture have missed this story,” said Julia Duin, writing at the religious news commentary site Get Religion April 6. “This thing has been watched by 50 million people in 180 countries, so it’s time to take a serious look. Are they cutting it in terms of acting; of being true to the Jewish traditions of the time? What sorts of experts are contributing to this effort?”
The first season of The Chosen focused on the initial meetings between Jesus and his early disciples, Peter Simon and Andrews’ struggles with debt, Matthew’s encounters with Jesus, Mary Magdalene’s meeting with Jesus, and several miraculous events. The second season’s initial episodes address Jesus’ growing fame. The production team is preparing for a third season of filming.