Prophet Joseph — episodes forty-one and forty-two

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Synopsis. Joseph and Asenath pay a visit to Zuleikha and find that she is still deep in prayer. Asenath says she isn’t jealous that Joseph will be getting a second wife soon, but she says she does covet Zuleikha’s spiritual growth. Meanwhile, Joseph’s brothers split up into groups of two or three and enter Thebes by different gates, to avoid being detected — but they are spotted anyway and taken back to the palace. Joseph reveals his identity to Benjamin but tells him to keep it a secret. Joseph tells Asenath he has to find a way to keep Benjamin in Egypt so that their father, Jacob, can give up his sons and get them back the same way Abraham almost sacrificed one of his sons, only to get him back. The brothers leave Thebes and begin to make their way back to Canaan, but Joseph’s soldiers ride out and accuse the brothers of stealing a golden chalice.

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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 life of Isaac, son of Abraham: a movie treatment

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They say middle children are often ignored, compared to the ones who came before and after them. The same could be said of middle patriarchs, too.

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The Bible: first episode, first impressions

I don’t get cable at home, so it took me a while to catch up with the first episode of The Bible, which premiered last Sunday. There are four more episodes to go, so it’s too early to review the series as a whole right now, but for now, these are my first impressions.

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Review: The Bible Collection (dir. various, 1993-1995)

Abraham, Warner Alliance, 1993, dir. Joseph Sargent.
Jacob, Warner Alliance, 1994, dir. Peter Hall.
Joseph, Warner Alliance, 1995, dir. Roger Young.

BIBLE MOVIES refer so often to “the God of our fathers” it’s surprising at first to discover just how little attention films have paid to the patriarchs.

There are several reasons for this. Most biblical life stories are made up of disconnected episodes that do not easily conform to the structure of a two- or three-hour film. Attempts to be “historically accurate” with Genesis falter since no one knows when these stories occurred; scholars have dated Abraham to anywhere between the 23rd and 14th centuries BC.

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