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In the Beginning 

Noah endures God's wrath; Abraham reaches the Promised Land but still must prove his faith in God; Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, and his faith in God is rewarded when the Red Sea... See full summary »

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Noah endures God's wrath; Abraham reaches the Promised Land but still must prove his faith in God; Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, and his faith in God is rewarded when the Red Sea parts to allow the Israelites to escape Pharaoh's chariots; Moses delivers his final message from God-the Ten Commandments. Written by Bob Phillips

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When The Lord (en route to Sodom & Gomorrah) appears to Abraham in company with two others, His companions are portrayed as an African and an Asian. This follows the traditional portrayal of the Wise Men who visited the Christ child as three - a European, and African and an Asian. See more »

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The young man Moses is very tall, towering over others, but when he returns years later, he is of average height. Even with age, he would not have shrunk that much. See more »

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Genesis And Early Chapters Of Exodus Retold In Beginnings
18 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beginnings is the first of ten episodes of the epic mini-series,The Bible.It is based from the Book Of Genesis and the early chapters of Exodus.

It starts when Noah tells the story of Creation,Adam and Eve,their exodus from the Garden Of Eden and the murder of Abel of his brother,Cain inside the Ark during The Great Flood.Then,we are introduced to the first patriarch of the Israelite people in Abraham.The narrative gets into detail as it tells about the Covenant or God's promise to him that his descendants will be a numerous as the stars in the sky;the birth of Ishmael through his maid Hagar;the birth of Isaac through his wife,Sarah; and the test of his faith when God asked him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice.Added to that,we also witness the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and how Lot's wife was killed by looking back during their escape from Sodom.The episode concludes with the story of Moses particularly when he got to know his roots and when he murdered an Egyptian soldier that led to his escape from Egypt.

This episode and the mini-series as a whole suffers from unevenness and lack of cohesion as it tries to compress too many stories from Genesis and the early chapters of Exodus into 50 minutes.Aside from that,some important stories aren't being given that much attention or are being told in passing like the fall of Adam and Eve as well as Cain and Able while other not-so-important stories are given too much attention and details like the Battle of the Vale of Siddim.What's worse is the fact that the story of Isaac as a young man and Jacob aren't being narrated at all.The producers - Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - should have not missed that considering that both Patriarchs of the Israelite People together with Abraham.Too bad that the introduction of the mini-series that includes the quotes relating to God from Martin Luther King,JFK,Winston Churchhill and President Barack Obama as well as glimpses of things to come at the start and the end of each episode eats up a lot of unnecessary episode time which could have been used in telling the story of Isaac and Jacob and maybe even Joseph.

But despite of the flaws stated above,the first episode and the mini- series as a whole definitely avoids to preachy.Also,we get to witness great CGI scenes like the Creation and The Great Flood.As for the creative license taken by the episode so far,I haven't seen anything that I did not like so far in Beginnings.But that does not mean that there won't be any in my future reviews of the the succeeding episodes. Overall,this manages to be entertaining and will definitely delight Christian viewers who like to see a modern re-telling of the Bible.


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