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Satan is the main antagonist in the 2013 History channel miniseries The Bible.

Satan first appeared to Jesus Christ near the end of Christ's 40 day journey in the desert. He appeared as an older male in a dark cloak. He had long, dark fingernails. At this point Christ was exhausted, hungry, and thirsty. Recognizing that he was at his most vulnerable Satan thought this would be a good opportunity to turn Christ.

Satan first asked Christ if he was the son of God to turn a rock into a loaf of bread. He threw the rock at Christ, but Christ refused to take the bait and replied that man did not live by bread alone. He then took Christ up to a high pinnacle and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, offering them to Christ if the son of God would bow down and worship him. Satan then gave Christ a vision of sitting in a throne room, with Pontius Pilate washing his feet for him.

Christ again refused to take the bait and told Satan to be gone, that he worshipped God alone. Seeing that he wasn't going to be turning Christ anytime soon Satan left Christ alone in the desert.

Satan later appeared during the judgment of Christ, watching as the Jewish and Roman authorities put Christ to death.


  • This version of Satan was played by the Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. This version of Satan later became a point of controversy due to his resemblance to US President Barack Obama. Both the History Channel and the producers of the show denied any connection, and stated that this false connection distracted from the story they were trying to tell. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett pointed out that Ouazanni had played parts in other biblical epics including Satanic characters well before the election of President Obama.
  • The following year when the parts of the miniseries featuring Christ were adapted into the film Son of God, the scenes featuring Ouazanni were left out of the film. This was due to the producers feeling that this version of Satan distracted too much from the story they were trying to tell.

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