EXODUS — GODS AND KINGS


Who would portray God as a spiteful child? Who would take a compelling Biblical story that already has all the adventure and pathos of the best Hollywood spectacles, and rip out three-quarters of its guts, leaving a disjointed fictional movie.

Hollywood, and more specifically, 20th Century Fox and producer Ridley Scott, that’s who. And they didn’t even have the decency to change the characters’ names to protect the innocent. For instance, the Moses character confronted Pharaoh only once, and that was during the plagues, rather than giving him a warning before each plague. When the people Israel stood at the Red Sea there was no trace of a pillar, either of cloud or of fire. The only pillars of cloud were the chain of tornadoes that brought the sea back to cover the Egyptians. Any Sunday school kid would tell you how wrong that was.

While I eschew sitting—or standing—in judgment over others’ motives, I think my analysis is right; the film’s producers sought to explain away the majority of miracles surrounding Israel’s exodus from Egypt with natural phenomena, thereby stealing God’s thunder. That attempt was as effective as a cockroach shaking its thorny claw at the boot that’s about to squash it.

God is glorified by those very movie moguls’ every breath, and I don’t envy their sense of futility over their corporate failure to repudiate Him. They share the same insanity as any other crazy person, by repeatedly trying the same failed strategy over and over again, always thinking it will produce different results.

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