03/04/2013 07:25 am ET Updated Mar 04, 2013

'The Bible' Premiere: Mark Burnett And Roma Downey Dramatize The Bible From Genesis On (VIDEO)

History took on perhaps its most ambitious project to date with a ten-hour dramatization of "The Bible." The series will air over five weeks and promises to cover virtually every story of significance from both the Old and New Testaments. Appropriately enough, it began with the opening lines from "Genesis." In this instance, the Creation story was being told by Noah to his children while they were rocking on the waters during the Great Flood.

From there, the narrative shifted back to Abraham, moving forward to Moses and on from there. While there is occasional narration, the bulk of the story is told through dramatized scenes with actors. It's clear from the beginning that this is a project very close to the hearts of producers Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel").

The couple said they were inspired to tell "the story of God's love for his people." Unfortunately for some critics, they weren't feeling the love. The LA Times called the series uninspired, though they are holding out hope it could improve as it progresses into the more well-known Bible stories.

Find out by tuning in to "The Bible" every Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on History.

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