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The History Channel, home to the epic "The Bible" miniseries, is reportedly set to begin working on a new series about Jesus' childhood and the years not covered in the Bible. "The Lost Years" seeks to cover Jesus' life from the age of 13 until his ministry at age 30 and may seek to portray him as an exorcist, given the producer and writers' histories in the horror genre and the stories of exorcism taken from the Bible.
Scott Kosar is the feature writer working with producers Eli Roth and Eric Newman, according to Deadline.com. The three men are known for their work in the horror genre, with credits including "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Last Exorcism," and "The Amityville Horror."
The Bible itself is full of stories of Jesus healing the sick and even bringing people back to life. In the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, there are seven instances of Jesus exorcising demons from people. The first is the exorcism at a synagogue in Capernaum, where Jesus exorcised a demon that yelled, "I know who you are!"
Perhaps the most well-known incident of exorcism is found in Matthew 8:28-34, which tells the story of Jesus healing two demon-possessed men.
"Suddenly they cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time? If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.' And He said to them, 'Go.' So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea and perished in the water" (New King James Version).
It is also believed that Jesus cast seven demons out of his friend, Mary Magdalene; the gospel of Luke mentions it in chapter 8, verse 2.
Nothing has been finalized yet with The History Channel, but "The Bible" series brought huge ratings success for the channel and is set to be made into a film for the large-screen.