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“The Bible” is using the New International Version, the translation preferred by evangelical Christian leaders, and the New Revised Standard Version, Dubuc said. A committee of theologians and scholars is being assembled to consult on the series.

Burnett called it humbling to portray the Scriptures on screen and gratifying to “breathe fresh visual life into incredible stories for a global audience.”

The miniseries offers rare depth and the chance to create a “legacy” project, said Burnett, 50, whose credits also include the new singing contest “The Voice” and the upcoming Emmy Awards ceremony.

“I could be 80 or 90 and it could still be on television,” he said of “The Bible.”

Earlier this year, History stumbled with another major project, the controversial, multimillion-dollar miniseries “The Kennedys.” The channel decided not to air it, saying it had concluded the “dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.” The miniseries aired in April on ReelzChannel.

History is owned by the A&E Television Networks, which itself is owned jointly by NBC Universal, the Walt Disney Co. and the Hearst Corp.