“When I see Jesus movies, it’s sometimes hard for me to feel moved or excited. I've heard the stories before, and many Jesus projects just take you from Bible story to Bible story, not spending as much time on the humanity and backstories of all these characters. And they sometimes feel stiff and formal,” he said in the description of the app for The Chosen.
Jenkins said he wanted “to write a show that explores Jesus through the eyes of those around Him.” This means exploring characters like Simon Peter, Matthew, Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, and some of those who benefitted from Jesus’ miracles.
“We couldn’t help but identify with their recklessness, rough pasts, religious piety, and desperation for life change. And ultimately, their redemption,” said Jenkins.
The show has three biblical consultants including Catholic priest Father David Guffey, C.S.C., national director of Family Theater Productions. Another consultant is Dr. Doug Huffman, a professor of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Huffman is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jason Sobel of Fusion Global Ministries also serves as a biblical consultant.
The biblical consultants reflect on each episode in round tables, also available through the app and the Vidangel website
(Story continues below)
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
At Catholic News Agency, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith. We provide news about the Church and the world, as seen through the teachings of the Catholic Church. When you subscribe to the CNA UPDATE, we'll send you a daily email with links to the news you need and, occasionally, breaking news.
As part of this free service you may receive occasional offers from us at EWTN News and EWTN. We won't rent or sell your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
The Chosen’s YouTube channel has one million subscribers. Its Season Two Premiere on YouTube had over 2.3 million views, as of April 19.
The Chosen claims to be the first multi-season show about Jesus. Its website said 75,000 donors gave a total of $10 million through crowdfunding to support the first season, and over 125,000 gave a total of $10 million for the second season.
Jenkins, director of “The Chosen,” is the son of Jerry Jenkins, a writer who authored the novelization of the first season of the series.