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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Prophet Joseph — episodes eleven and twelve

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Synopsis. Honifer the chamberlain shows Joseph around the palace and introduces him to the servants who make papyrus, pottery, linen, food, and more. They come across two guards who have been arrested as suspects in the theft of some jewelry. Joseph tricks the guilty guard into confessing his crime, prompting some observers to marvel that Joseph is not only beautiful but smart, too. Meanwhile, Malek — who wants to rescue Joseph and send him back to Jacob — says goodbye to his caravan as it leaves Egypt for Babylon. In Canaan, Jacob and his five-year-old son Benjamin meet a wolf who informs them that Joseph was not killed by wolves, no matter what the other sons of Jacob say. Back in Egypt, Joseph offends the priests in Potiphar’s palace by saying that they should get no more food than the other palace residents do.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes nine and ten

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Synopsis. Ghetmir, a member of the caravan that bought Joseph from his brothers, finds Joseph crying by his mother’s grave. Ghetmir strikes him, and Jacob, sitting miles away, senses that something is wrong. Ghetmir is about to strike Joseph again when a pain shoots through his hand. That night, Ghetmir asks Ishtar to heal his arm, but he tosses his idol away when Joseph heals his arm instead. Later, another sick member of the caravan is healed after Joseph spends time with him. After the caravan arrives in Egypt, another member of the caravan tells Joseph he wants to become a believer in Joseph’s God, and Joseph replies that the man already is a believer.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes seven and eight

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Synopsis. The sons of Jacob return home and pretend to grieve the death of Joseph, who they say was killed by wolves. As proof, they present Joseph’s shirt, which has been covered in the blood of one of their animals. But Jacob, noting that the shirt is not torn, does not believe his sons’ story, and holds out hope that Joseph is still alive. Jacob’s Canaanite neighbours offer to help look for his son, but they don’t find him, thanks to an angel who visits Joseph in the well and puts him to sleep when the search party draws near. Joseph is awake again when his brothers return to the well.

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The Young Messiah: a scene guide (w/ clips and references to the scriptures, the apocryphal texts, and the novel)

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Last month I wrote up a scene guide for Risen, noting which scriptures different parts of the movie were based on. Now it’s The Young Messiah’s turn — and this time, matters are complicated by the fact that the film is based not directly on the Bible, but on Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which in turn makes use of Old and New Testament apocrypha in addition to the scriptures.

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Risen: a scene guide (with clips and scriptural references)

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Two years ago, I made a spreadsheet charting the similarities and differences between The Bible and its big-screen spin-off Son of God. Last year, I wrote detailed recaps for each episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, noting how the series made use of both the scriptures and secular history. Now it’s Risen’s turn to go under the microscope.

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