Watch: The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets

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The first trailer for Of Kings and Prophets — the ABC series about Saul, David and Samuel — is here, and it’s got some of the expected biblical violence (Goliath, Amalekites, etc.) as well as some of the rumoured biblical sex (Saul has a concubine, while David seems to be having an affair with Saul’s wife).

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Goliath, the Amalekites and more are revealed in new photos from the set of Of Kings and Prophets

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Some new photos have surfaced from the set of Of Kings and Prophets, the TV pilot about Saul, David and Samuel that is currently being shot in South Africa.

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Review: David and Goliath (dir. Tim Chey, 2015)

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Note from Peter T. Chattaway: David and Goliath opened in 31 theatres in the United States this weekend, where it reportedly earned about $161,000. My friend Martin Stillion offered to review the film for this blog. Here is what he had to say:

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Watch: The first trailer for next year’s David and Goliath

vlcsnap-2014-09-21-22h04m03s56It finished shooting only two months ago, but Tim Chey’s David and Goliath already has a trailer — and it has even had a “red-carpet premiere”, months before its intended release date in April 2015.

According to the movie’s website, the film was screened for potential investors at the Zanuck Theatre on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles last Thursday.

Why does the film still need investors if it’s already finished? Because it doesn’t have a distributor, and Chey wants to get the film into a thousand theatres when it opens next year. He is currently hoping to raise $5 million towards that end.

And that’s where the trailer comes in. Check it out below the jump.
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The tallest man in Canada is playing Goliath in a new movie

The makers of David and Goliath, which recently finished shooting in London and North Africa, issued a press release Tuesday announcing that the part of Goliath is being played in their film by Jerry Sokoloski, who happens to be the tallest man in Canada.

Estimates vary as to how tall, exactly, Sokoloski is. When he visited the Canadian TV show Breakfast Television several years ago, they measured him at 7’4”, but he said he had been measured “between that height and up to seven feet, 5.5 inches.” The David and Goliath press release says he’s even taller, at 7’8”.

As I mentioned in an earlier post on this film, estimates also vary as to how tall the biblical Goliath was. Most of the earliest manuscripts say he was about 6’9”, but the Masoretic text used by most English translations gives his height as 9’9”. So Sokoloski is either too tall for the part or too short.

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Who killed Goliath, anyway? And how tall was he?

This is too amusing not to pass along.

Apparently a guy named Tim Chey is preparing to direct a $50 million movie called David and Goliath, and he gave an interview to The Christian Post in which he said his movie will be “biblically correct in every way.” (Well, at least he didn’t say “biblically accurate”.)

Fred Clark notes that this might be “a tall order, as it were,” because the Bible actually has two versions of the death of Goliath: one in which he is killed by David of Bethlehem, the young man who goes on to become king of Israel, and another in which he is killed by Elhanan of Bethlehem, about whom nothing else is known.

Clark doesn’t mention it, but the unlikely similarity between the two passages (they both identify the hero as coming from Bethlehem, they both say that Goliath was from Gath and that his spear had a shaft “like a weaver’s rod”, etc.) evidently bothered the author/editor of Chronicles, who revised the Elhanan passage so that Elhanan “the Bethlehemite [bët hallahmï]” now kills “Lahmi the brother” of Goliath.

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