A retelling of the Bible story. Pharaoh Ramses II decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother, is taken by a royal Princess and raised ... See full summary »
In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.
Sir Lew Grade produced this epic mini-series, he also tried to get Lancaster to appear in his much more ambitious Jesus of Nazareth (1977), also written by Anthony Burgess. See more »
[immediately after forging the golden calf at Mount Herob]
... Children of Israel, this which you see here... this is not God. The very idea is absurd! But it will *remind* you of God, each and every day that you pass by it.
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Why wasn't God's ''personal name'' used in the series?
I recall watching the mini series over 20 years ago
and I think that the actual series was well made with some really good acting,
it nevertheless was found wanting in certain parts.
Such as when Aaron speaks to the older men about ''God'' and rather than use the name ''Jehovah'' he uses the vague title ''lord God''.
As far as I know, the name ''Jehovah'' was not used at all in the series and I wonder why?
It is an actual ''fact'' that the ancient nation of Israel
not only knew God's personal name but they used it as well.
Of course, I am aware that the ''divine name'' stopped being used when the people started to believe that using it was wrong and offensive to God but of course that makes no sense when one takes into account the fact that '' God'' himself gave the ''divine name'' to Moses in order for it to be used by the nation.
I believe that the directors spoiled this otherwise good series by choosing to follow ''tradition'' by leaving out the name (Jehovah) which has been in use for centuries by the ancient nation of Israel and other nations too .
Using the name would have added credence to the series because even back in 1974, most people associated the name ''Jehovah'' with God
and I doubt that using it would have caused any complaints,
in fact I think it would have made the series better.
after all, the series was supposed to be a depiction of something that actually took place in Egypt under the leadership of the man (Moses) who was chosen by ''Jehovah God'' to lead the ancient nation of Israel out of Egypt into the ''promised land.''
We should try to bear in mind that it was '' Jehovah God'' who empowered Moses to lead the nation out of Egypt
and without him, he would not have been able to do anything.
So to leave out God's personal name is a shame and spoils what is otherwise a really good series.
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