» The Prince of Egypt The Bible on Film—Course Blog
In The Prince of Egypt, Moses and Ramses are not only brothers (they were In The Ten Commandments, God's physical representation is not. However, in The Prince of Egypt, he and Moses were raised as brothers and the a tragic villain, mostly from his close relationship he has with Moses in the movie. Unfortunately for Rameses, Moses was charged by God to stand against. God asked Moses to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt to the Ramses II was the greatest Pharaoh in all of ancient Egypt - his statues Jews believe that at the moment the Hebrews forged a special and unique relationship with God. He was then educated and brought up in the palace as a prince.
On a second watch, I identified a lot more with Rameses and his struggles than I ever had. I'd love to watch his movie from his perspective. Even though he's in the wrong, because you know You have to empathize with him. And then you have Moses who comes in, tasked by a burning bush to free his people. That's a strong motivation.
Again, kind of going back to Rameses's point of view, his brother who he thought was dead shows up preaching about a god he's never heard of. What is he suppose to do? And that really is one of the strengths of the movie.
This duality between Moses and Rameses, the shift from brothers to enemies in this film is done really well and that's why the film doesn't go beyond the last time Moses sees Rameses. This could have been an animated version of The 10 Commandments, but there's only a slight mention to events after the Hebrew's flight from Egypt because that's not the main focus. And that's what I kind of like about this film. Again, you can totally get your religious fill from this film. It definitely has those tones.
On top of that, knowing the story from the Bible, I do know that the movie takes direct lines from the Bible and puts it in the film. The song playing during the part where the 10 plagues are hitting Egypt are definitely quoting scripture and kind of assume the wrath of God is coming down on Egypt.
I mean its God himself coming down and tasking Moses. But being a story from the Old Testament, it actually kind lends itself to being more of a story rather than a lesson or proof that Judaism or Christianity is the absolute correct faith. You could interpret it that way, but I do think it lends itself to being accessible to people outside of the faith by the way its set up more like a story. And the relationship between Moses and Rameses really is the final mark of that narrative.
In the end, The Prince of Egypt is a pretty darn good interpretation of the story from Exodus. Whether or not your Jewish or Christian, its going to be a fun ride and I think anybody can enjoy it.
I don't consider it overly preachy, especially with other movies that I have seen that have gone out of their way to be preachy.
Its just a good in run of the story of Moses as told in the Bible. A couple other things worth mentioning about this movie is the cast. Its an all star cast. Patrick Stewart played their father. Now as a kid, I wasn't so into who did the voices for what and who played what.
Unfortunately, on a second watch, its a little bit more obvious in certain places. Fans of Jeff Goldblum or Patrick Stewart might pick up on their characters right away. I know Steve Martin and Martin Short might be pretty obvious as well. This leads Moses to accidentally murder an Egyptian guard in his attempt to defend one of the Hebrew slaves. Moses later encounters God, who tells him to return to Egypt to free his people. He does so and comes face to face with his families—both Egyptian and Hebrew—once again.
The rest of the movie largely plays out as it does in the Bible with the plagues and parting of the Red Sea and such. So why is this one of the best Biblical reimaginings ever?
Well, to start, the whole cast is actually portrayed as people of color. Everyone from the Egyptians to the Hebrews to the Midianites are portrayed as people of color, because you know, if they all live in or around Egypt then they would have been. Compare that to what is happening with Exodus: When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, "What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
Could be a biblical exaggeration? Inon the site of the city of Ramses II, German archeologists unearthed the foundations of an ancient stable.
By the end of the dig, they had found enough stables for at least horses and chariots. Pillars of cloud and fire And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Santorini is miles away, but the column of smoke would have towered some 40 miles above sea level. Climatologist Mike Rampino thinks that the ash could have been seen from as far away as Egypt. During the day, the ash would have looked like a column of smoke and by night static electricity in the atmosphere would have caused lightning in this cloud. The parting of the 'Red Sea' Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
If you read the bible in the original Hebrew, the word 'red' is mistranslated. In the Hebrew bible Moses and his people cross the 'yam suph' - the Sea of Reeds. Now this is a strange story. You can imagine trying to cross the Red Sea would be horrendously difficult but a Reed Sea is something quite different.
This is marshland areas and this is probably what they crossed. Ancient Egyptian texts mention an area called Patchoufy: This is probably what they crossed. David Rohl, Egyptologist So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared.
If you're talking about a shallow reed swamp of maybe two or three metres maximum of water, this sort of thing is physically possible. In fact it's been witnessed within the last years The Egyptian army might not have been completely decimated.
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Many of the horses would have been killed, chariots would have been stuck in the mud. David Rohl, Egyptologist What about the famous image of a great canyon of water? Could this have any basis in reality? Computer simulations of the Santorini eruption show that the collapse of the island would have triggered a mega-tsunami - a foot wave travelling at miles an hour.
Floyd McCoy, a tsunami expert, says this was one of the largest waves in history and must have reached Egypt. We find evidence, believe it or not, on the deep ocean floor. The tsunamis actually scraped across the bottom of the ocean floor in the Mediterranean and disturbed the sediment. We can find that sediment. That gives us some indication of the directions they went The computer model showed us waves radiating out all over the Mediterranean, reaching the Nile Delta. If you look at ordinary waves you can see that just before they break, the water withdraws from the shore.
A mega-tsunami would syphon billions of gallons of water - not just from the shore but from connecting rivers and lakes - creating dry land for as long as two hours. We should think of a two-metre tsunami wave like a rapid change of the sea level by two metres along the coast, and that can can travel several kilometres inland.
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The destructive force of the wave could easily destroy an army. Costas Synolakis, tsunami expert Is there any other supporting evidence for this theory? Inthe Philippine island of Mindoro was hit by a tsunami and an earthquake.
The earthquake caused a massive crack in the bed of a lake about a mile inland. An eye-witness said he saw the water like a waterfall in the centre of the lake just go down. After a while, he could see the bottom of the lake: The mega-tsunami which hit the Nile delta was a thousand times more devastating than this one. Moses' significance The significance of Moses Dr R. Moberly of the University of Durham explains the significance of Moses' story.
Moses - the man Map of the locations in Moses' story Moses' appearance marks a kind of new beginning in the biblical story.
Moses’ Relationships with Rameses and God
Israel's ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are in the past. In time of famine their descendants went down to Egypt, the largest and wealthiest neighbouring country, and settled there.
These Hebrews became numerous, but Egypt's ruler, the Pharaoh, decided that they would be a good source of cheap labour, and began to exploit them in building projects; he also decided to make them less dangerous by keeping their numbers down through killing their male children at birth Exodus 1.
When Moses was born, his mother sought to protect him by putting him in a basket to float on the river Nile. Here he was providentially found by the Pharaoh's daughter who took pity on him and brought him up as her own child Exodus 2.
One day Moses saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting. He intervened and killed the Egyptian. But when this became known he fled for his life. In the land of Midian, probably somewhere in the Sinai peninsula, he married the daughter of a priest, had two children, and settled down to life as a shepherd. That might have been the end of his story - except that his compatriots were still enslaved in Egypt, and God resolved to do something about it.
Moses meets God The Bible contains astonishing accounts of God and Moses speaking face to face begin when Moses is quietly minding his own business as a shepherd.