Watch: Mary lights the Sabbath candles in a deleted scene from The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah came out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and I was planning to write a review of the bonus features — but the review copy that arrived at my place today was the Canadian edition of the disc, and it has no bonus features whatsoever. So it looks like I’ll just have to order the American disc and wait until that arrives.

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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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Watch: Four new clips from The Young Messiah, plus a clip from one of the bonus features coming to Blu-Ray tomorrow

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I just learned that WingClips, a website that specializes in film clips for sermons etc., has yanked four of the videos that they originally posted from The Young Messiah and replaced them with four new clips, to go with a new “family study guide”.

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Watch: A new featurette about the chariot race in Ben-Hur

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Last week, Entertainment Tonight ran a segment on the making of the chariot-race sequence in the new version of Ben-Hur. Now Paramount has released a featurette of its own on that subject, using some of the same footage. Check it out below.

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Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings — the scholars speak!

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My friend Matt Page has alerted me to the fact that two collections of essays, on Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, are scheduled to come out in the next year or so.

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Box office: North Americans go for the ghosts, while foreign audiences go for a tale of humans battling orcs

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Audiences sure haven’t lost their taste for things that go bump in a dark theatre.

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