In the Beginning (miniseries)

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In the Beginning
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Written by John Goldsmith
Directed by Kevin Connor
Starring Martin Landau
Jacqueline Bisset
Billy Campbell
Eddie Cibrian
Diana Rigg
Amanda Donohoe
Theme music composer Ken Thorne
Country of origin US
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 2 episodes
Producer(s) Paul Lowin
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editor(s) Bill Blunden
Barry Peters
Running time 189 min
Original network NBC
Original release November 12, 2000

In the Beginning (2000) is a 2-part biblical television miniseries directed by Kevin Connor. It stars Martin Landau and Jacqueline Bisset and it premiered on NBC on November 12, 2000.


In the Beginning is the story about the travels and travails of the tribe of Abraham (Martin Landau). Set around the year 2000 B.C., the narrative opens with "Genesis 12," wherein the LORD has told Abraham and company to leave their country to a land of milk and honey to be named later. In order to keep up the morale of his followers while on the road, Abraham gives a sermon that sums up God's creation of the universe. By illustrating this sermon with stock footage and special-effects shots, the producers attempt to make a connection between sermons of old and popular entertainments of today. From there, the twists and turns of the Old Testament are treated like a soap opera. Family dramas take center stage, whether it's God testing Abraham by telling him to kill his son in sacrifice, Joseph gaining power in Egypt after being sold to slave traders by his brothers, or one of the many other stories of brothers fighting (Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, etc.). Many events are visualized such as the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, to name but two.



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