History will team with reality series producer Mark Burnett to create a five-part series, The Bible.
The series, the first scripted offering from Burnett, the producer of such reality fare as The Apprentice and Survivor, will chronicle the the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and will air sometime in 2013, according to network officials.
"History has an incredible legacy delving into important subjects to which all people are connected," said Nancy Dubuc president and general manager of History in a statement. "There's no question The Bible is one of the world's most significant books. This series will bring the historical stories of The Bible to life for a new generation."
The Bible marks the latest scripted project commissioned by History. The network's first project, The Kennedys, was eventually deemed too controversial to air and was dropped by History. The Kennedyseventually aired on ReelzChannel.
The Bible, which will be shot on location and use state-of-the art visual effects, will feature some of the most famous stories ever written, from Noah's Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion's Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
"The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire," said Burnett in a statement. "We've been working on this project for the past two years and are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into The Bible's profound stories. The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more."