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Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | History  -  2003 (USA)
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In 458 B.C., a scribe named Ezra arrives in Jerusalem from Babylon. He gathers the mostly illiterate Judeans together in a square and reads the Bible to them. In the years that follow, the ... See full summary »

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In 458 B.C., a scribe named Ezra arrives in Jerusalem from Babylon. He gathers the mostly illiterate Judeans together in a square and reads the Bible to them. In the years that follow, the study of the Bible not only becomes an essential part of Jewish life, it prepares the Jews to face a mortal threat to their survival. In 330 B.C., Alexander the Great sweeps into the Middle East. In his wake comes Greek culture, the allure of which convinces many to abandon their ancestral ways. But when the Greek king Antiochus the Madman forbids the practice of Judaism, Judah the Maccabee leads the Jews in an epic fight to defend their religious freedom. In 160 B.C, the Maccabees succeed in driving out the Greeks and establish what would prove to be the last independent Jewish kingdom. Written by Anonymous

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Absolutely no objectivity
20 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since this is a documentary, I don't think there is any such thing as a spoiler. This review is designed for a documentary.

Byker has a definite agenda, and is very heavy handed in proclaiming History as what he decides it is. This is very usual for historians. And it makes for poor History, since only those who partake of certain views are allowed to pass college courses by professors. I've been there. I know.

First, the title is as misleading as you can get. There is a small piece about David, and almost nothing about the kings who follow.

In fact, Byker proclaims that most of the Old Testament figures are merely concoctions of Ezra and other later writers. The evidence he cites doesn't even begin to support that statement.

Likewise, neither does his evidence support any of his claims. He merely wants to write History the way he wants to write a fictional story. This is a pathetic documentary.


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