The American Bible Challenge (Review)

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It is no secret that over at Christianity Every Day I have been ranting about the new show The American Bible Challenge which is coming to GSN August 23rd. The show will last one hour and it begins at 8pm/7pm Central. The other day I had a chance to take a sneak peek at the first episode and it was so much fun! Here is a review of what to expect … without spoiling any of the results. Take a look at the video clip to the right for fun.

Review

I watched a press release of The American Bible Challenge which is a trivia show based upon information in the Bible. The show is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, who moderates the show by asking contestants questions for which the answers can be found only in the Bible. Jeff shares how he came to faith here: Coming to Faith.

Three teams of three compete against each other to win a $20,000 award for the ministry or charity that they have named; there are no personal rewards. In the episode that I watched Suburban Saints, Minnie’s Food Pantry and Gospel Geezers were on the hot seat. You can read a little bit about these teams here: Teams Announced.

The game begins with the first round which includes all three members on all three teams playing (9 people total). As the game progresses teams reduce to 2 players (the best Bible scholar sits out) and then only 1. The winning two teams from rounds 1 through 5 play against each other in the Final Revelation, which is a speed drill where Jeff asks questions and the team members give an answer or pass to the next question. In the Final Revelation all three members of each of the two competing teams are back in the game. This reminded me of my days as a school teacher when our students competed in regional Bible competitions. If you are good at the Bible you will find yourself yelling the answers in hopes that your favorite team hears you! The team that wins the Final Revelation will advance to a championship show later in the season with a chance to win $100,000 for the charity/ministry for which they are playing.

Favorite Parts

  • The show employs clever category titles such as “What do you NOAH ’bout the ark”, “Kids sayeth the cutest things” and the final (speed) round which is called “The Final Revelation”.
  • Learning about the teams and the ministry/charity for which they are playing
  • Love the singers … when it cuts to commercial The American Bible Challenge Choir sings fun songs
  • The various types of questioning — not all multiple choice, sometimes the teams are required to know the answer without any hints
  • No team leaves the show empty handed — even the eliminated teams get a cash prize for their charity/ministry
  • Teams have 10 minute Bible study before the Final Revelation; great behind the scenes shots

Not So Favorite Parts

  • I wish the show were available on a “no pay” network — the word of God is free and should be freely given
  • I wish those contestants could hear my right answers — well — most of the time
  • I find myself asking “What took so long for this great show to be available?”

Overall Recommendation

I am confident in saying that you can expect to find that this is a wholesome, family oriented kind of show. It is one that you can even use as a way to sharpen your knowledge of God’s Holy Word. Watch it if you are able, you will not be disappointed.

Photo & Video:  (c) gsntv.com, used by permission

The information contained in this post was originally posted on August 17, 2012 at Christianity Every Day. It is re-posted here by permission.

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Chris Martel August 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hi Pam,

I don’t watch a lot of tv, but you can bet my tv will be on the GSN at eight pm, this show looks to be a lot of fun.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

“like”

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Robert August 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Pam,
I am excited about this show. I was a little disappointed (like you) that it isn’t on a major network available to more people. Maybe that’s the next step. I think Christians who watch tv should support this show whole heartedly. Thanks Pam.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

It would be great if step 2 is to come to the major networks!

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Janice Bowie August 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

How does one audition for the choir or us that a group local to the where the show is airing?

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi Janice, Perhaps you can begin by contacting GSN at this link: http://corp.gsn.com/contact

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Derek Hill August 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I am part of the people that doesn’t pay for GSN 🙁 I love the idea of the show though. I hope it shines light into the darkness!

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Pamela Rose Williams August 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Excellent thought Derek!

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Jack Wellman August 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I too am looking forward to this show to perhaps perk some interest in the Bible from non-believers who are fans of Jeff Foxworthy, of which I am one. Unfortunately, I can’t get the show but great review of what sounds like a family fun filled show.

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Pam Noel August 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I think this is a real good idea. Some of the programs are not fit for adults, let alone children. I hope it’s on my TV. I will be watching it. Thanks

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Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

You are very welcome Pam

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Michael August 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Unfortunately I live in a rooming house and never get to choose what to watch and I dont know if we get gsn anyway. if we do and my housemates by some miracle let me watch it you bet i’ll watch it. probably guess everything wrong though lol.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Don’t sell yourself short Michael … you may know more than you think!

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ricky August 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

pam i on that first episode, and we didn’t get many wrong! you weren’t yelling too many right answers at us that we didn’t already know! 😛

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Pamela Rose Williams August 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Well hello Ricky. I truly enjoyed watching and you did a great job! Great to see you at WCWTK!

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Chris Martel August 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

The show is off to a good start, Jeff Foxworthy really helps it sparkle, and I was glad to see the Ladies from the food pantry win it. Was it me, or did the guys on the last round look like a deer in the headlights? Everyone did very well, let’s pray that this fires up more interest in the bible!

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Robert August 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

The show was a very humbling experience. Was I the only one who felt run over in that last round? Well, it’s more Bible study for me.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Chris Martel August 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hey Robert,

I too had the same feeling, it is true, the more you THINK you know, the more you need to learn. Overall the program was a lot of fun and I pray that this game has a long run.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

The Final Revelation was my favorite round guys! Loved watching the ladies when they realized they won and were moving forward!

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Chris Martel August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

They were sweet, and I like the idea that they will have money for their food pantry.

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Stephanie Campbell August 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

I saw this show yesterday and its awesome. I like Jeopardy so I really took a liking to this one. Minnies Food Pantry was on FIRE! The contestants seem like nice people and I am glad that the teams dont walk away empty handed.

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Sara Sweetman August 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

What a great idea for a show! I, too, hope this sparks interest in God’s Word among unbelievers. I also LOVE that younger generations of believers will be seeing their faith & values supported… on television!!

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Pamela Rose Williams August 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

Hello all … just wanted to share some feedback on the success of this fun show. This is from the folks at Grace Hill Media (a promoter of the show).

//THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE outperformed the previous record by over half a million viewers and solidified itself as a destination program by posting triple digit gains from its strong lead-in across all demos (“Family Feud” hosted by Steve Harvey).  The GSN original series ranked among the Top 5 cable networks in total viewers, women 25-54 and viewers 25-54 in its time period.
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“The best-selling book of all time is now GSN’s most viewed program of all time, which proves that consumers are yearning for fun, family- friendly entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, GSN.  “We are incredibly proud of this show and are happy that it connected with so many viewers.”
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This bible-based show is a first, and we expect not the last, for mainstream television.  There were naysayers, there were doubters, but above all else, there were Believers. The Christian community joined as one and proved to Hollywood that we are a viable and influential force that should, could, and WILL be embraced with quality entertainment.//

Isn’t this exciting and wonderful news?

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Chris Martel August 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

Awesome!!!!_

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Julie August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I’m reserving judgement until I see how it develops. A secular station airing a Christian show? It spells disaster down the road…but I know that God can use things for good that the devil plans for bad, so I am praying that this will be the case for this show if it turns out to be disparaging of Christians and Christ in any way.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hi Julie. I am hopeful that many will see that Christians can rejoice in the knowledge of God’s Word through this secular media source. Thank you for your comment.

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GSN October 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Hi Everyone,

Make sure to tune-in to the FINALE, next Thursday Oct 18 at 8/7c on GSN!

GSNTV.COM/bible
Facebook: facebook.com/theamericanbiblechallenge

Casting can be found at: http://gsntv.com/shows/the-american-bible-challenge/casting/

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Bob Peterson December 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I like the show, but one of your questions was misleading. A statue was made of three metals. The answer you wanted was bronze (which is an alloy, not a metal.)

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Randi February 7, 2017 at 2:58 pm

I actually just started watching this on Netflix. there is one question where a false answer was said to be true. Season 1 episode 2. When asked what 3 events happen in Revelation 6, they were told these three answers were correct:
1 – Earthquake
2 – Figs fall from tree
3 – Stars fell from the sky
In actuality the figs falling from a tree was the imagery used to describe how it looked when the starts fell from the sky.

“and the stars in the sky fell to the earth, as late figs drop from a tree when shaken by a strong wind…”

So, that’s all. I just wanted to point that out…a few years later!

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Jack Wellman February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Nice catch Randi. Well done. Thank you.

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