Prophet Joseph — episodes nineteen and twenty

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Synopsis. Joseph is led into the prison, which is full of chaos and filth. One of the first things he sees is Ninifer Keptah — a former member of Potiphar’s guard who was sent to prison years ago when Joseph, then 11, tricked him into confessing a crime — beating another prisoner almost to death. Joseph intervenes, and the warden has both Joseph and Ninifer Keptah lashed. But the warden takes a liking to Joseph when Nemisabu arrives with a care package and a note from one of Potiphar’s officers that speaks highly of Joseph and says the warden should not let Joseph’s organizational talents go to waste. Before long, Joseph has convinced the other prisoners to clean the jail. Meanwhile, the priests of Amon start searching for Apopis, who was supposed to kill the Pharaoh for them but is now stuck in the same prison as Joseph.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes seventeen and eighteen

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Synopsis. Zuleikha’s efforts to seduce Joseph have become the talk of the town, and have damaged Potiphar’s reputation. The priests of Amon decide that this is the perfect time to strike against Potiphar’s boss, the Pharaoh, so they approach the royal chamberlain Apopis and try to persuade him that the Pharaoh should be punished for his impieties. Meanwhile, to clear her name, Zuleikha invites the noblewomen to her palace so that they can see Joseph for themselves, and since the women are in the middle of cutting some fruit when Joseph enters the room, they are so distracted by his beauty that they end up cutting themselves. Zuleikha says the women did this after seeing Joseph only once, so can they imagine what it’s like to see him day after day? The women then tell Joseph to sleep with Zuleikha — or with one of them.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)

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The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes fifteen and sixteen

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Synopsis. Jacob is still mourning the loss of Joseph. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Zuleikha decides that, if Joseph can serve Potiphar as a “consultant”, then maybe she can “consult” with him too, nudge nudge wink wink. Joseph is standing in Honifer’s room and looking at his late mentor’s empty bed when Zuleikha’s servant summons him; en route to Zuleikha’s room, Joseph soothes a crying baby named Kisin, whose mother is one of Zuleikha’s kinswomen. Joseph resists Zuleikha’s attempts to woo him, and Zuleikha goes on a journey to the Nile along with her entourage, hoping that she can forget about Joseph. But the Nile holds no joy for her now, so she returns home.

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Risen on Blu-Ray: some quick notes on the bonus features

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It took a while for my review copy to arrive, but I finally had a chance to check out the bonus features on the Risen Blu-Ray. Here are a few quick thoughts on them.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes thirteen and fourteen

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Synopsis. Zuleikha takes Joseph to the temple of Amon. Malek tries to follow them but is stopped by the temple guards. The priests of Amon perform an “awakening” ceremony, in which they wash and clothe the statue of Amon and carry it outside to be worshiped by the public. Joseph asks how Amon can possibly take care of Egyptians when so many people have to take care of Amon. Back at home, Zuleikha tells Potiphar she didn’t know how to answer Joseph’s questions, so Potiphar says he will take Joseph to the temple instead — but once he gets there with Joseph, he reveals that he actually wants Joseph to see the greed and corruption of the priests. A priest of Amon drives his chariot recklessly through the streets. Potiphar stops him, and even briefly clashes swords with him, and then Potiphar reports the incident to the Pharaoh. Joseph asks if he can become physically brave like Potiphar, so Potiphar takes him to someone who starts training him with wooden swords.

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