Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-three and thirty-four

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Synopsis. The seven years of famine have begun. People across Egypt are wondering why they woke up hungry in the middle of the night, and why their plants have begun to wilt. Zuleikha, in addition to all her other recent losses, is beginning to go blind and finds it difficult to walk without falling. In Canaan, Jacob’s eyes have begun to dim, too, but he hears that the Egyptians are benefiting under a leader whose name sounds similar to Joseph. Back in Egypt, Zuleikha’s servants are unable to get grain for their mistress, because only the poor can get grain for free — so Zuleikha sets her servants free so that they will at least be able to get grain for themselves. Zuleikha, all alone in her palace, works through her tortured emotions in a long, long monologue.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Reporters visit the set in Rome, the soundtrack is now available for streaming, and more

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Another week, another round-up of Ben-Hur-themed news items.

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Box office: R-rated animated film beats Disney family film

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An R-rated animated movie beat a Disney family film at the box office this week.

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Christian violence and pacifism in three upcoming films

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My friend Alissa Wilkinson interviewed The Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker for Christianity Today this past week. Parker has been dealing with some controversial things in his past lately, but his chat with Alissa focuses on the religious elements within the film itself, which concerns Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-one and thirty-two

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Synopsis. Zuleikha has let go of all her guards and most of her servants, so some of the remaining ones begin to steal her jewelry and her dishes. Zuleikha decides that she can be as generous as Joseph, so she goes to the servants’ quarters and announces to the remaining staff that she will give them land and freedom. Meanwhile, the priests of Amon discover that their grain has gone bad and is riddled with pests. They try to dump the wheat in the river at night, when no one can see them, but they are spotted by the guards and exposed by the palace staff. The Pharaoh summons Joseph, who is currently overseeing grain silos in Memphis, back to Thebes. A crowd greets Joseph when he arrives, and Joseph doesn’t notice that Zuleikha herself is in the crowd.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: The world premiere in Mexico City, a 360° video of the chariot race, and some Xbox reviews

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Ben-Hur opens next week, and more and more news stories are rolling in.

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