Prophet Joseph — episodes three and four

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Synopsis. Jacob and his son Joseph are sitting outside the tent where Rachel has died giving birth to Benjamin, and they are mourning the death of their wife and mother when Jacob’s sister Faegheh arrives. After burying Rachel, the clan proceeds to the town where Abraham and Isaac are buried, and Jacob pays a visit to his ancestors’ graves. Joseph’s brothers — and Jacob’s surviving wife and concubines — begin to murmur jealously that Jacob favours Joseph above all the other children, so Faegheh, who is childless, offers to raise Joseph herself. But then one day Joseph goes missing while he and the other children are playing a game of hide-and-seek.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes one and two

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Last year I wrote an essay on films about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph — the patriarchs of Genesis — for an upcoming book called The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (current release date: July 15). As research for that essay, I watched a lot of movies based on Genesis, but I only had so much time at my disposal, and I couldn’t watch everything that came my way.

This was especially true of Yousuf e Payambar, a.k.a. Prophet Joseph, a 45-episode series about the life of Joseph produced for Iranian television about eight or nine years ago. I was intrigued by the series, especially when I found multiple versions of it floating around YouTube and other websites, but I couldn’t justify watching roughly 35 hours of footage just to beef up one or two paragraphs in my essay.

I have a little more time now, though, and since I have done weekly episode recaps of series like A.D. The Bible Continues and Of Kings and Prophets, I thought it might be interesting to take a similar look at Prophet Joseph — but since there are so many episodes, I plan to look at two each week, instead of just one. I don’t mind doing this over the course of five or six months, but almost a year? That’s a little much.

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Bilal navigates tricky issues of religion and violence

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that an animated film about one of the earliest Muslim converts, Bilal, was going to premiere at a film festival in Qatar. And now it has. Here are a few of the articles that have been written about that premiere.

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Watch: Two new films take a look at the origins of Islam

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There are plenty of movies that depict the origins of Judaism and Christianity. But there are also a few movies that touch on the origins of Islam. One such film is playing in Iran right now, and another will premiere in Qatar a few weeks from now.

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Adam in Eden, and his glowing spiritual loincloth

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A friend just alerted me to the existence of Genesis, a 3D movie full of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that is apparently being produced by Ken Ham and other young-earth creationists. (The film has a website and a Facebook page.)

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Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in some Muslim countries

exodus-scott-baleNoah was banned from some Muslim countries earlier this year because it dramatized the life of one of the prophets. Now Exodus: Gods and Kings may be meeting a similar fate.

Various news sites are reporting that Morocco and Egypt have banned the film. This apparently came as a surprise in Morocco, as the authorities in question had previously been okay with the film. The Egyptian ban was reportedly prompted in part by the film’s anachronistic suggestion that Jews built the pyramids.

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