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The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6: Recap, Review, & Analysis

Updated: Feb 8

Episode 6 of The Chosen Season 3 has a lot going on:

  • We meet Pontius Pilate and his wife for the first time

  • We see a vision of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

  • The tension that's been building between Simon Peter & Eden, Tamar & Mary, and Simon Z and the Zealot assassins finally reaches a boiling point

  • We get hints of what I'm guessing will be the focus of The Chosen Season 4 (Jesus in the region of the Decapolis)

  • We get some really beautiful feel-good moments - and a few super-heavy moments as well

There's a lot to unpack, so let's get started!

Mary Magdalene and Tamar embrace in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6
Mary Magdalene and Tamar embrace in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6

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What Happened in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6

Episode 6 seems to function as a kind of pivot point for The Chosen Season 3. Although Episode 6 is juggling a lot of plot lines, many of these plots only got a scene or two, because they are either paying off the tension that's been set up over the course of Season 3 or they are laying the groundwork for an upcoming plot line. I'll do my best to cover all the important threads of the episode below:

Pilate & Atticus

Episode 6 opens with a dark and surreal vision in which we see the disciples sleeping (at first they almost look dead) while Jesus prays fervently in the Garden of Gethsemane (e.g., Matthew 26:36-46). Pilate's wife awakes from this dream, disturbed and agitated [a set up that anticipates how she will eventually plead with Pilate to let Jesus go because of the dreams she's been having (Matthew 27:19)]. Looking outside of her villa, she discovers that several men are being crucified. When Pilate greets her, she warns him that if he's too harsh, he could foment another revolt, but Pilate brushes her concerns aside. Pilate has plans to meet with a friend (Atticus), which surprises his wife, who claims he doesn't have friends - just strategic acquaintances.

Later in the episode, we see Atticus arrive at a pavilion that Pilate has pitched in an open field. He chides Pilate for announcing his position so arrogantly, when opportunistic revolutionaries could come by and attack. After exchanging banter, Pilate asks Atticus to update him on his activities over the course of the past year. When Atticus notes that Quintus has been a bit of a problem, Pilate jokingly says he'll kill him, before acknowledging that he can't do that because Quintus does a good job of maintaining revenue. Pilate is bothered though by Quintus' excessive use of force in putting down uprisings, since it means he himself has to be less forceful.

When Atticus explains to Pilate the events that led him to Capernaum and Pilate says he thinks Quintus is out of his depth. Pilate enjoys being in an unimportant, backwater territory during a time of relative peace and even finds the Jews to be charming - except for the horrible High Priest Caiaphas. He wants to keep Rome and the Jews satisfied and for there to be peace. Having asked Atticus to return to Capernaum to keep tabs on Jesus, Pilate expresses his trust in Atticus' judgment and promises to listen to whatever intelligence and advice he offers.

Simon Z & the Anxious Disciples

When we see crucified criminals in the opening scene of Episode 6, viewers are reminded of the high risk for Jesus and his disciples at this stage in their ministry. In the very next scene, we see the disciples sharpening knives and spears, a sign that they also understand the risks and are anticipating them anxiously. When Matthew shows up and asks what they are doing, the other Apostles explain that if a woman like Veronica was able to push through and touch Jesus without his consent, others could do so as well. Of course, this leads to a debate. Philip and Nathanael point out that if Veronica hadn't reached Jesus then she wouldn't have been healed - and that they can't go around stabbing everyone who tries to touch him. There's also criticism of Matthew and Simon Peter for befriending a Roman like Gaius. Along the way, the disciples laugh at Matthew's lack of combat readiness and Simon Peter offers to give him fighting lessons.

Alaa Safi is Simon the Zealot in The Chosen Season 3
Alaa Safi is Simon the Zealot in The Chosen Season 3

All of this is set up for a moment involving Simon the Zealot. Nathanael has noticed that Simon is sharpening a sicari dagger, like the one he got rid of when he began to follow Jesus. He tries to find out why Simon has acquired a new dagger instead of simply sharpening a more mundane blade like the rest. When Nathanael can't get anything out of him, he invites over Little James. Simon Z confides to Little James about how he is being pursued by Zealots. James urges him to tell Jesus but Simon insists that he wants to protect Jesus and not get him involved.

A few scenes later, the anxiety of the disciples is triggered when a man comes from the Decapolis bearing a message for Philip and Andrew in the middle of the night (more on that below). And, once again, when messengers from John the Baptist come, the disciples worry about whether they are spies.

Simon the Zealot goes to the Tent City to confront the Zealots who are pursuing him. He quickly finds himself surrounded. Instead of fighting back, however, he drops to his knees and prays and explains to the Zealots that he has abandoned the order in order to follow the Messiah because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Due to the presence of Gaius nearby, they hold off on attacking while scoffing at Simon, questioning why Rome is still in power if the Messiah has come. Simon explains that the Messiah has not come in the manner they expected. Nevertheless, Simon announces that he has given up his dagger and the way of violence, having witnessed the healing of his brother.

When Jesus arrives back in town, he begins performing miracles in view of where Simon and the Zealots are having their standoff. The chief Zealot is clearly impressed. He witness Jesus' response to the disciples of John - and Jesus' exchange with the local Pharisee. Jesus catches the Zealot's eye as he urges people not to ignore the call to repentance and salvation that he is offering. Afterward, Simon Z asks the Zealot if he understands now. The Zealot says that he understands very little but realizes that Simon Z has not proven faithless. Although some of the other assassins seem less convinced, the main Zealot says he needs to find his own path and promises to go back to the order and share what he has seen.

Gaius & Quintus

Early in Epiode 6, Gaius arrives in Quintus' headquarters. After asking if Gaius has ever had a tattling younger brother, Quintus explains that Atticus is going to Pilate to tattle on him. That's bad news because Quintus will need Pilate's endorsement if he's ever going to get promoted. Gaius assures Quintus that his record speaks for itself but Quintus is not reassured and berates Gaius for failing to keep the Tent City under control. The plan to tax the tent dwellers that Atticus proposed in Episode 2 has failed, because none of them have money and the Preacher (Jesus) is back causing more spectacle and chaos. When Gaius asks how he can make it right, Quintus half-jokingly tells him to kill Jesus - but then acknowledges that would create a revolt and more issues. Instead, he tells Gaius to eliminate the Tent City by finding existing laws that he can enforce (e.g. building codes, health codes) in order to drive the people away. Gaius' response to Quintus is stoic and cold.

Later we see Gaius on patrol in the Tent City. After observing the plight of the people, however, instead of driving people out, Gaius begins helping the pilgrims. When Jesus begins performing miracles nearby, he is impressed yet again. However, when tensions between Jesus and the Pharisee begin to rise, he uses the limits that Quintus has imposed on gatherings of 25 or more to keep the conflict from escalating. He even pulls his sword on the Pharisee when he tries to keep hassling Jesus.

The Disciples of John, Jesus, & the Crowds

The disciples of John the Baptist meet with Simon Peter, James, and John, who test them to make sure that they aren't spies looking to take Jesus down. Even after they've confirmed who they are, however, they all have to wait for Jesus to return to town before John's message can be delivered. When rumor of Jesus' return reaches them, they make their way through the crowd to where Jesus is performing miraculous healings (healing the blind, the mute, and the lame). Several other characters are in the crowd -the antagonistic Pharisee from Episode 5, Gaius, the Zealot, Yussif, Jairus, and Barnaby (the man with a limp from Season 1).

Simon Peter and Big James in The Chosen Season 3
Simon Peter and Big James in The Chosen Season 3

Simon encourages John's disciples to share their message with Jesus. He recognizes them as among the disciples that heard John call him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:26-34). John's disciples are hesitant about sharing their message in such a public setting, but Simon Peter insists that it's the right time. John wants to know whether Jesus is indeed the one who is to come (i.e. the Messiah) or if they should look for another. Jesus isn't phased by the question but rather makes the Messianic implication explicit. He explains to the crowd that John is understandably impatient. He tells them to tell John what they've seen (and to add the dead to the list of miracles) and to assure John that all will be well. The local Pharisee is indignant and denounces Jesus as demonic in front of the crowd.

Jesus takes this moment as a chance to clarify that he is not rebuking John and affirms his baptism and zeal (in contrast to the Pharisees). He declares that John is the forerunner predicted in Isaiah (40:3-5) and Malachi (3:1). The Pharisee takes issue with this, given how John has denounced the Pharisees as vipers (Matthew 3:7) and has been deemed demonic. Jesus insists on John's greatness - and yet declares that that, as John would himself admit, the least in the Kingdom is far greater. He goes on to compare the Pharisees to spoiled children who are unwilling to join in playing, regardless of whether it's a make-believe wedding or funeral. The Pharisees will reject anything - both John's solemnity and Jesus' joy. Although they claim to be wise, wisdom is demonstrated through action. Jesus implores those listening to not ignore the message of repentance and salvation and the evidence of God's kingdom in the lives they've seen changed. The local Pharisee is outraged and about to escalate the argument, but Jairus and Yussif point out that they are in danger of breaking the ban on large gatherings. With Gaius' help, they shut down the scene before things can get too intense.

Later, Jesus is walking with Simon Peter, Big James, and John. Simon points out that miracles are more fun with Pharisees around. James thinks they should get Jesus out of town because of the increasing heat. Their conversation is interrupted by Barnaby and Shula. When Barnaby saw Jesus heal a blind person, he realized he should go get Shula and see if Jesus would heal her too. Jesus asks Shula why she hasn't asked before. She admits that even though she believes in him, she's been afraid. After praising their faith and love, he heals her eyes and they all rejoice. Shula asks about Barnaby. Barnaby insists that he came to help her, not himself and is content to walk her home. As they head out, however, Barnaby realizes that his leg is healed and runs back to thank Jesus. They then head home - much faster than usual. Simon notes that even without a Pharisee around, this miracle was just as fun.

Andrew, Philip, & Leander

In the middle of the night, while the disciples are sleeping in Simon Peter's home, a young man uses a knife to enter through a window. The noise of his entry wakes all of the Apostles and they demand to know who he is. His name is Leander and he was among those who listened to Andrew and Philip preaching during their missionary journey. Although Andrew and Philip followed Jesus' instructions about preaching only to the Jews, there are Greeks and other non-Jews who heard the message and have turned away from the Olympian gods and believed in Jesus. This has led to an uproar in the region of the Decapolis, with brother turning against brother. Moreover the teaching of Andrew and Philip was incomplete and those who have believed need to learn more. Leander begs them to return to finish what they started (all of this is a set up for John 12:20-26, in which Greeks visiting Jerusalem that want to meet Jesus come specifically to Andrew and Philip).

Mary, Tamar, Zebedee, & Judas

Mary is busy writing Ramah a letter, asking for her advice about local farmers, when Tamar comes by and spits out an olive, commenting on how disgusting it is. Tamar notices that Mary is annoyed at her and asks what's going on. Mary is annoyed at how rude Tamar, a woman, was to an elder man (Zebedee). When Tamar argues that their work with the olives is their contribution to the ministry and is important, Mary points out that they have more to contribute than work (i.e. a good attitude).

Tamar, Mary, and Judas in The Chosen Season 3
Tamar, Mary, and Judas in The Chosen Season 3

At this point the conversation gets really deep. Mary expresses her exasperation at how she had to come to Jesus while drunk and demon-possessed, whereas Tamar got to push her way into the group with little suffering and was praised for her faith. She wishes that Tamar was more humble and explains how she herself constant feels like she can never be enough. In response, Tamar insists that Mary is amazing and asks her why she can't see that. Mary doesn't think they're supposed to and chides Tamar for her lack of curiosity and her sense of entitlement and her boldness. Tamar expresses grief for Mary's shame and notes that she doesn't need to hold onto it, since she's received Jesus' forgiveness.

Now it's Tamar's turn to open up. She explains how, even though she's not a Jew, she's known her share of suffering. Her country is war-torn because of tribal violence. During her most recent visit, she discovered that her family - along with the rest of her village - had been wiped out by a rival tribe. She found her necklace on the body of her mother. It still has her mother's blood on it - the only thing she has left. That's why, throughout Season 3, she's been so frustrated at how Mary keeps telling her to sell it. Mary is grieved. Having lost her father, she wishes that she still had a piece of him to hold onto. She admits that she's been judging Tamar's strength (boldness) against her own weakness (shame, self-loathing) and asks for forgiveness. The two embrace and figure out a plan to improve the olive grove.

Later, Zebedee meets with Mary and Tamar after they've visited a nearby farmer. They've figured out what they need to do in order to improve the soil quality of the olive grove. They need to buy sulfur though. Mary goes up to the money box. As she looks inside, she finds bags of money missing and in their place are tassels (my original guess was that it involved Judas borrowing money, but Episode 7 ends up explaining that the tassels belong to Matthew). Nevertheless, she finds the money she needs and they go to get the supplies.

Simon Peter & Eden

Simon finally gets some time at home with Eden and tries to lavish praise on her cooking and on her. She isn't having it though. When James and John arrive, asking for his help in determining whether the messengers of John are legit, Simon tells them it can wait. He hopes Eden will be impressed by his ability to say no to work, but she's already left the table.

The next night, Simon returns home after witnessing a lot. He begins telling Eden about everything that happened but Eden cuts him off and tells him that she lost the baby. Simon is confused, since he didn't even know she was pregnant. He makes the mistake of asking Eden if she was working too hard, but she puts him in his place. She explains that she's kept the miscarriage a secret because she didn't want to make him regret his choice to follow Jesus but she's realized that she can't keep it to herself. Simon is mad that it was weeks ago and she hasn't told him but Eden questions whether he's actually just mad about what happened. She explains that what he did wrong was not doing anything at all when he returned. Simon suggests that she's upset he was on mission but she tells him to leave Jesus out of it. Eden surprises Simon by comforting him, since she's had more time to process. Finally over the initial shock and anger, Simon is left asking God, "Why?"

The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6: Review

Recapping the plot of Episode 6 was more challenging than previous installments of The Chosen Season 3, not only because there was a lot going on but also because there wasn't as much dramatic and thematic unity. If you've been reading my blog for very long, you've probably noticed how often I've brought up the importance unity - either in my praise of Season 3 of The Chosen or in my criticism Season 2. And I do think a little more unity - achieved by either reorganizing some storylines or establishing a clearer through line - would have helped. Having said that, I don't think the lack of unity in Episode 6 proved fatal. In large part that's because this episode seems to be a pivot point, and so it's able to pay off many of the plot threads that have been gradually set up throughout Season 3, while briefly introducing new plot threads that will be paid off in the season finale or perhaps even in Season 4. Ultimately, I can put up with an occasional episode that feels crammed and chaotic because of how the show is juggling so many season-long plot lines; I'd much rather have that than a bunch of standalone episodes and a season that feels fragmented.

Apart from that minor critique, I didn't find a whole lot to complain about in Episode 6 and there was a lot that I enjoyed:

  • I was very impressed by how the show was able to make Jesus' speech about John the Baptist into an engaging set piece in its own right, while also advancing several side plots through the reactions of the characters who were watching. The show did something similar with the Sermon on the Mount, but this scene was far more complex.

  • I'm looking forward to seeing more of Pilate. He's more charismatic than what I've seen in past adaptations, which is interesting. I've never known what to make of the Bible's picture of Pilate - he's not a vicious brute who's out for blood but he's also not an innocent man in a bad situation. I can see how the Pilate we saw in Episode 6 fitting into the narrative given to us in the Gospels.

  • The conversation between Tamar and Mary Magdalene added layers of complexity to both characters and felt very relatable. Great performances by both actresses.

  • Ditto for the conversation between Simon Peter and Eden. It would have been easy for the show to tie up their issues in a neat bow. Instead, both characters have been allowed progress slowly, while responding to their grief in a raw and messy fashion. Again, a great performance by Lara Silva.

  • Simon Z isn't one of the central Apostles, so it was nice to see him get some time in the spotlight. The confrontation with the Zealots with tense and, going in, I genuinely didn't know what to expect.

  • The Shula and Barnaby scene was heartwarming. Great pay off for two very endearing side characters.

Key Themes in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 6

Suspicion & Self-Protection

In my analysis of Episode 5, I noted the growing atmosphere of suspicion and fear among the Apostles. Episode 6 brings even more focus to the anxiety among the Apostles. Their fear comes out in small ways, like how the Apostles need to verify if John's disciples are legit and how Big James says Jesus should clear out of town soon. But it comes out most obviously in the knife-sharpening scene, where we see the Apostles preparing themselves to engaging in physical violence to protect Jesus. The debate over whether they should have attacked Veronica to keep her from touching Jesus against his will is particularly alarming and highlights how the Apostles are out of sync with Jesus; when Jesus eventually explains the he plans to go get crucified, it's going to be totally incomprehensible to them. It's also going to be hard for some Apostles to get on board when the Jesus movement broadens out to include their Roman oppressors, as we were reminded when we hear suspicions raised once again over the positive relationship of Simon Peter (and Matthew) with a Roman (Gaius). I imagine that's why the show is setting up a move to the Decapolis, where the Apostles will be forced to deal with their anti-Gentile prejudices and suspicion.

Simon Z is the focal point for this theme, as he decides how to respond to the threat posed by his Zealot pursuers. His decision to reject violence and instead to confront his enemies by peacefully proclaiming the Messiah puts him out ahead of the rest of the Apostles (except for Philip and Little James, who also seem more disposed toward peace). The Zealots themselves function as a fun house mirror for the Apostles, reflecting what the Apostles could become if their suspicion and propensity for violence continue to grow.

Quintus and Pilate also provide us with windows into how suspicion and anxiety can lead to violent self-protection. Both of them are anxious about getting in trouble with their superiors, and that anxiety leads them to utilize brutal force (e.g., the crucifixion, mentions of putting down revolts forcefully) or at least contemplate doing so (e.g., Quintus' "Kill Jesus of Nazareth" comment). By contrast, Gaius' arc over Season 3 has led him to befriend Jews and become less suspicious of them. Instead of taking Quintus' cue and engaging in forceful suppression of the Tent City, he compassionately helps the tent dwellers.

Listening & Compassion

In Episode 6, characters at their worst are consumed with suspicion, anxiety, and self-protection; character at their best, on the other hand, are willing to listen to/see the sorrows of others and are moved by compassion and empathy. This contrast between self-protective characters and compassionate characters is established in the very first scene: Pilate's wife sees the pain of Jesus (via vision) and the suffering of the crucified criminals and has compassion, whereas Pilate is only concerned about the political calculus of protecting his own position. Again, in the following scene, we see a contrast between those who are focused on the security risk posed by Veronica's actions in Episode 5, and Philip who seems to have compassion for her plight. In the same scene, Nathanael seems to recognize that Simon Z will open up more easily to Little James, because of his reputation for listening and being compassionate.

Simon Z restrains a demon-possessed man in The Chosen Season 3
Simon Z restrains a demon-possessed man in The Chosen Season 3

Of course, the scene between Mary Magdalene and Tamar and the scene between Simon Peter and Eden highlight the importance of compassion and listening most clearly. What's interesting is that we don't a perfectly compassionate listener in either scene. Mary and Tamar struggle to hear each other out, and so do Simon and Eden. Each character is deeply wounded and that makes it difficult for them to exercise compassion and listening toward each other. The drama of these scenes comes in seeing each pair stumble imperfectly through the process of listening, taking one step and two steps back, before finally arriving at a moment of mutual compassion and understanding.

If there is a paragon of compassion in Episode 6 (other than Jesus), it's Barnaby. Many people in his position would struggle to have compassion on others because they would be too concerned with their own suffering. But Barnaby, on the other hand, takes no account of his own wound, because he's focused so exclusively on the wound of his blind friend, Shula. This is what makes it so satisfying when Jesus chooses to heal him as well.


The topic of vision and blindness come up multiple times throughout Episode 6. Sometimes, literal vision/blindness is in view:

  • The disciples reference how John and Thomas healed a blind person

  • Simon Peter tells Matthew he can use his pen to poke someone in the eye

  • We get numerous close up shots of people watching Jesus

  • Jesus heals a blind boy's eyes

  • Jesus tells the messengers of John the Baptist to tell him how the blind are healed

  • Jesus asks to see Shula's face before he heals her

  • Jesus heals Shula's eyes

  • Jesus asks Shula to look at him after she's been healed

Vision/blindness also comes up as a metaphor on several occasions:

  • Playing off of how John and Thomas healed a blind man, the Apostles jokingly ask if Matthew needs to be healed when he doesn't understand why they are sharpening weapons

  • In describing his difficulty navigating life, Pilate tells Atticus, "I can't see ten cubits in front of my face most days."

  • When one of the other assassins threatens Simon Z, even after they've watched Jesus, the main Zealot says, "Are you blind? This [Simon Z] is not a traitor."

In addition to these moments where vision/blindness are explicitly invoked, there are several moments in which characters have their eyes opened in a spiritual or metaphorical sense:

  • Pilate's wife has a vision of the future

  • Mary Magdalene and Tamar see each other and themselves more clearly

  • Andrew and Philip see the consequences of their preaching in the Decapolis

  • Simon Peter sees what's been going on with Eden (although he seems to feel blind with regard to God's purpose, asking, "Why? Why? Why?")

  • Gaius sees what he has to do in the Tent City

So, what constitutes seeing vs. being blind vs. receiving healed sight? Being blind seems to correlate with suspicion (Zealots, Pharisees, the Apostles) or self-focus/arrogance (Simon Peter, Mary Magdalene/Tamar). Receiving sight seems tied to listening/compassion (again, Mary & Tamar, Gaius). I expect The Chosen will continue to explore these metaphors and ideas in greater depth as we continue on - especially given how often the Gospels employ the vision/blindness/healing metaphor (e.g., Mark 8:22-38, John 9).

Thomas and John heal a blind girl in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 4
Thomas and John heal a blind girl in The Chosen Season 3 Episode 4

The Empire of "Peace" vs. the Disruptive Kingdom

It's tempting for modern Christians to cast the Roman Empire as completely evil and oppressive overlords. What makes Pilate such an intriguing figure in Episode 6 is that he seems to be genuinely interested in promoting peace and the common good. When he waxes poetic to Atticus about how much he enjoys Judea and its people and how he just wants to help them sate Rome, I don't think he's being disingenuous. Like many Roman leader, I'm sure he really does have noble intentions - and I'm sure he's also accomplished actual good for those that he is ruling. By contrast, Episode 6 highlights the disruption and chaos that's been created by the Jesus movement. Leander tells the Apostles that the whole Decapolis is on fire because of how Gentiles are abandoning the pagan temples are turning to the Gospel. We're told that it's brother against brother - a line that's reminiscent of Jesus' famous declaration:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36, ESV)

On a superficial level then, Rome seems to be the guardian of peace (i.e. the Pax Romana) while Jesus' Kingdom appears to be a force of chaos and conflict. And yet, on further inspection, we see that the Roman peace is built on the violent suppression of potential enemies, while the Kingdom of Jesus spreads as a result of disciples like Simon Z who refuse to protect themselves and instead self-sacrificially confront their enemies and offer compassion.

I've been reflecting on the very obvious snake armlet that Pilate puts on at the start of Episode 6. Given how The Chosen portrays Pilate as quite charismatic and even likable, the armlet is an obvious reminder to viewers that he is ultimately a snake. Like the snake we saw in the vision of Gethsemane, he is on course to bite Jesus. But I think there's a deeper significance. In Genesis 3, the snake that deceives Adam and Eve entices them to do evil (disobeying God's command) by offering a good outcome (the ability to judge good and evil). In many ways, that is what Rome and Babylon and all the great kingdoms of this world do as well. They entice humanity to do evil (violently suppressing enemies; demanding worship) by offering good outcomes (order, peace, and economic flourishing). By contrast, the Kingdom of God is committed to the right way (compassion and love for enemies, offering forgiveness), even though there can be undesirable short term outcomes. I'll be curious to see how much The Chosen explores these dynamics and the contrast between the peace the Pilate enforces and the chaos Jesus causes.


Further Reading

An adaptation like The Chosen isn't meant to replace the Bible; it's meant to drive us deeper into the Bible and spiritual reflection. The 40 Days with Jesus series helps readers connect what they watch in The Chosen with the Gospel stories that they're based on and then engage in spiritual reflection.

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If you liked this post, you might want to check out some of my other posts on The Chosen and Bible adaptation. I have Bible studies/discussion guides for each episode of The Chosen Seasons 1-3, blogs exploring how The Chosen adapts key biblical figures, and articles exploring the controversial nature of adaptation. I hope you enjoy them!

The Chosen Season 4

The Chosen Season 3

Adapting Biblical Characters Series

Artist Interviews (The Bible Artist Podcast)

Exploring The Chosen with Youth or Small Group [Discussion Guides]

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1


The Chosen Controversies Series

How to Discuss The Chosen - and Why

Themes & Theology of The Chosen [Exclusive for BMC Members]

Season 4

Season 1


Mailbag Q&R

The Chosen Thematic Viewing Guides

Beyond The Chosen

Other Bible Adaptations


Winter Blueness
Winter Blueness
Jan 19, 2023

Just wonderful Kevin. A lot of insight for us. I particularly enjoyed

"The Zealots themselves function as a fun house mirror for the Apostles, reflecting what the Apostles could become if their suspicion and propensity for violence continue to grow."

Hadn't made the connection. Brilliant.

I still bristle and struggle with the character of Tamar. There is bold and empowered and then there is lacking humility and rudeness. Inability to read the room. Major culture clash. I rhunk it's just that Tamar is very early in her spiritual journey. She has not yet 'died to Christ'. I believe Mary is more advanced and aware of her true helplessness without God. I know the show wants to make a point but…

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Excellent reply. Thank you.


Antonio Campos
Antonio Campos
Jan 17, 2023
Fantastic job. I learn a lot from your articles. Congratulations and thank you 😉.
Kevin Keating
Kevin Keating
Jan 17, 2023
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Glad you're enjoying them Antonio!

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