Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-three and thirty-four

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Synopsis. The seven years of famine have begun. People across Egypt are wondering why they woke up hungry in the middle of the night, and why their plants have begun to wilt. Zuleikha, in addition to all her other recent losses, is beginning to go blind and finds it difficult to walk without falling. In Canaan, Jacob’s eyes have begun to dim, too, but he hears that the Egyptians are benefiting under a leader whose name sounds similar to Joseph. Back in Egypt, Zuleikha’s servants are unable to get grain for their mistress, because only the poor can get grain for free — so Zuleikha sets her servants free so that they will at least be able to get grain for themselves. Zuleikha, all alone in her palace, works through her tortured emotions in a long, long monologue.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-one and thirty-two

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Synopsis. Zuleikha has let go of all her guards and most of her servants, so some of the remaining ones begin to steal her jewelry and her dishes. Zuleikha decides that she can be as generous as Joseph, so she goes to the servants’ quarters and announces to the remaining staff that she will give them land and freedom. Meanwhile, the priests of Amon discover that their grain has gone bad and is riddled with pests. They try to dump the wheat in the river at night, when no one can see them, but they are spotted by the guards and exposed by the palace staff. The Pharaoh summons Joseph, who is currently overseeing grain silos in Memphis, back to Thebes. A crowd greets Joseph when he arrives, and Joseph doesn’t notice that Zuleikha herself is in the crowd.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes twenty-seven and twenty-eight

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Synopsis. Amenhotep holds a public ceremony to promote Joseph to one of the highest positions in the land, and Joseph tells the people his plans for getting through the upcoming seven years of famine. The priests of Amon try to sow seeds of doubt in the crowd, but every time they raise a question about Joseph’s plans, Joseph happens to say something that answers their question. Later, Joseph organizes a team of assistants that includes his former prisonmates, his fellow ex-slave Nemisabu, and Malek, the Ishmaelite who sold him to Potiphar nearly twenty years earlier. Potiphar’s health is failing, and the priests convince the queen mother Tiye to tell her son that an officer named Horenhob should get Potiphar’s job if and when he passes away.

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Watch: Kevin Sorbo plays the titular carpenter in the first trailer for Joseph & Mary, coming to DVD next month

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Seems like I can’t get away from movies about the holy family right now.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)

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The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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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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