Controversy Swirls Around “Judges” TV Mini-Series

Controversy Swirls Around "Judges" TV Mini-Series

Gothenburg, NE – Sudden controversy has surrounded the release of the highly anticipated television show “Judges,” a 12 part mini-series which began this past week.

The show, which traces the saga of the Biblical book of Judges, has shocked viewers with its graphic and violent content.

“I don’t really see how this is such a big surprise,” said Director of Doctrinal Film Content Pastor Bryan Schmidt. “Has anyone here ever read the Book of Judges? Frankly, it makes Game of Thrones look like a children’s bedtime story.”

Audiences, initially elated to experience another quality Lutheran production, have been complaining in record numbers after the first episode, which featured the build up to the epic battle between Judah and the Canaanites and Perizzites. The resulting battle scenes, which resulted in 10,000 enemy casualties, the forcible cutting off of Adoni-Bezek’s thumbs and big toes, and Judah putting the entire city of Jerusalem to the sword and setting it on fire, made even the scariest Lord of the Rings scene look like an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

“I heard in church there was a new Bible show on TV,” said local father Thomas Jacobson. “I had the whole family sit down to watch it. Jimmy still won’t come out of his bedroom after what he saw last night!”

Proponents of the show point to the need for Biblical accuracy, lauding the value of graphic honesty present in productions such as “The Passion of the Christ,” while critics of the mini-series contend that editing could have toned down or removed the most offensive elements.

“What’s the matter with a good love story?” asked viewer Delores Hamilton. “Why not feature a show about Ruth? Or maybe a biopic on Esther? Why does everything I watch on TV have to either be full of sex and violence?”

Whatever your feelings, buckle up your seatbelt: this week’s episode will feature Ehud and Shamgar. Does anyone even know what an ox goad is?

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