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Too much liberty with the facts, especially the first hour,
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My sons and I just finished watching this movie (mom went to bed she was so disappointed with it) and we are really disappointed with the first hour of this movie, which seems totally made up. We LOVED the movie "Joseph" by the same producers, and were so impressed that we were looking forward to this one.
What impressed us about Joseph was that it is "more real" in the words of my youngest son, by which he means that the stuff in the movie is actually in the Bible. In contrast, it seems like the goal in "Abraham" was to stretch 10 bible verses into an entire hour...and the stories they made up were slow and boring anyway!
The Bible is exciting enough all by itself (e.g. Joseph). Perhaps, the producers have learned this lesson, since "Joseph" is more recent.
I have to admit, I was so excited about this series after seeing "Joseph" that I was ready to buy the entire collection. Now, when even eight and ten year olds are annoyed by so many "made up" parts, I will act more slowly.
For example, their impression was so bad that my older son was saying, "they'd better not leave out the sacrifice of Isaac part." Fortunately, they didn't leave it out!
I was particularly disappointed in the portrayal of God's covenant with Abraham. The Bible gives a rich description of the formal ceremony that took place. This was completely omitted; and the producers do not have the lame excuse that it had to be cut for the sake of time...they clearly preferred their 'made up stories' to the actual Bible stories.
In summary, we rate the first half the movie "1" and the last half of the movie "3-4" so we gave it a "2."
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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 10:49:32 AM PST
J. Conrad Robinson says:
Respectfully, I disagree. The stuff you call 'made-up' has been part of the Jewish tradition for thousands of years. The material you don't see in the Bible can be found in the Talmud, as well a Jewish writings as early as 150BCE.
Posted on Jun 9, 2013 6:25:33 PM PDT
R. Donahue says:
When I saw the name Barbra Hersey red flags went up she never honors God with her life or in the Christian films she has been in get superbook for your grandchildren it might be old but it is accurate and entertaining at the same time
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 9:06:17 AM PST
Thomas W. Morales says:
Just a technicality, Abraham wasn't Jewish. I think he was a Shemite and a Hebrew. I suspect much of what he did probably became Jewish tradition later on.
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