Lipovsky-a 12th century exodus


I recently watched the Ridley Scott film Exodus: Gods and Kings.  It was not nearly as bad as I expected it to be.  I found some things odd.  The main actors mostly look and talk like northern Europeans. Christian Bale as Moses can’t help but sound English-Welsh.  Then there was the geography.  The Egyptian scenes take place in Upper Egypt around Memphis, rather than near Pi-Ramesses in the Nile Delta.  The Red Sea crossing is at the Gulf of Aqaba.  But most movie-goers probably didn’t care.

The reason I mention the movie is because once again Hollywood portrays Ramses II as the pharaoh of the Exodus.  This was also the case in The Ten Commandments (1956). The cinematic reason to do this is that we have all kinds of spectacular stuff from his tomb, so set designers and costume designers have much to work with.  They did a great…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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