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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 12:02 PM

 

10 inaccuracies plaguing the ‘Exodus’ movie

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Jonathan Merritt

Polls have shown that religious audiences care a lot about whether a Bible film is “biblically accurate.” This is a difficult phrase to use when one is talking about taking a story from one medium (literature) to another (film), but I understand the sentiment. Religious moviegoers want the film to be recognizable or to “feel” like the story as they know it.

“Exodus” has now been in theaters for a week, and many religious bloggers have pointed to the ways in which the film deviates from the text. Now I’m no purist when it comes to Bible films, and I appreciate meaningful artistic flourishes. But I have still compiled a compendium of where the film fails to get the story straight. Readers can judge whether they believe the error is problematic or not.

1. Moses: Orator or Stammerer?
The bible describes Moses as ineloquent and “slow of speech and tongue.” But in the movie, he is a courageous and capable communicator. He even gives a rousing speech as the sea parts reminiscent of Braveheart.

2. Fleeing For The Wrong Reason
In the biblical narrative, Moses murders an Egyptian who is beating a Hebrew slave and hides the corpse in the sand. In the movie, he kills an Egyptian for no reason and leaves the corpse in the street. In the biblical narrative, Moses flees Egypt when his murderous act becomes known. In the film, he flees when Pharaoh suspicions that he may have been born a Hebrew.

- See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/12/19/10-inaccuracies-plaguing-exodus-movie/#sthash.bBL5dY3z.dpuf

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Fortinbras Armstrong Dec 2014 #1

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:21 AM

1. Gosh, Hollywood is inaccurate. Who would believe such a thing is possible?

Is anyone interested in my rant on the historical inaccuracies of Braveheart?

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