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Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Landau ...  Abraham 2 episodes, 2000
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 2000
Billy Campbell ...  Moses 2 episodes, 2000
Eddie Cibrian ...  Joseph 2 episodes, 2000
Frederick Weller ...  Jacob 2 episodes, 2000
Alan Bates ...  Jethro 2 episodes, 2000
Steven Berkoff ...  Potiphar 2 episodes, 2000
Geraldine Chaplin ...  Yocheved 2 episodes, 2000
Amanda Donohoe ...  Zuleika 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Lee ...  Rameses I 2 episodes, 2000
Art Malik ...  Rameses II 2 episodes, 2000
Rachael Stirling ...  Young Rebeccah 2 episodes, 2000
Diana Rigg ...  Mature Rebeccah 2 episodes, 2000
Victor Spinetti ...  Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician 2 episodes, 2000
David Threlfall ...  Aaron 2 episodes, 2000
David Warner ...  Eliezer 2 episodes, 2000
Sara Carver ...  Hagar 2 episodes, 2000
Terri Seymour ...  Eve 2 episodes, 2000
Sendhil Ramamurthy ...  Adam 2 episodes, 2000
Sean Pertwee ...  Issac 2 episodes, 2000
Andrew Grainger Andrew Grainger ...  Esau 2 episodes, 2000
Sophie Linfield ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 2000
Crispian Belfrage ...  Simeon 2 episodes, 2000
Tom Harper ...  Benjamin 2 episodes, 2000
Richard Rees Richard Rees ...  Pharaoh Seti I 2 episodes, 2000
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ...  Amran 2 episodes, 2000
Gaby Vear Toscano Gaby Vear Toscano ...  Miriam 2 episodes, 2000
Archie Panjabi ...  Basya, Pharaoh's Daughter 2 episodes, 2000
Brana Bajic Brana Bajic ...  Zipporah 2 episodes, 2000
Jonathan Firth ...  Joshua 2 episodes, 2000
Josephine Amankwah Josephine Amankwah ...  Handmaiden 2 episodes, 2000
Buki Armstrong Buki Armstrong ...  Hittite Woman #1 2 episodes, 2000
Abderrahim Bargache Abderrahim Bargache ...  Merchant 2 episodes, 2000
Benedick Blythe ...  Traveller 2 episodes, 2000
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ...  Rachel's Brother 2 episodes, 2000
Nick Brimble ...  Rider #1 2 episodes, 2000
Ian Burfield ...  Lot 2 episodes, 2000
Mel Claus Crawford Mel Claus Crawford ...  Hittite Woman #2 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Fairbank ...  Idol Worshipper 2 episodes, 2000
Zoltán Gera ...  Cloth Merchant 2 episodes, 2000
Anton Gregory Anton Gregory ...  Pharaoh's Son 2 episodes, 2000
László Görög ...  Man of Haran 2 episodes, 2000
Edward Hardwicke ...  Isaac (Older) 2 episodes, 2000
Sarah-Jane Holm Sarah-Jane Holm ...  Leah 2 episodes, 2000
Mark Jax Mark Jax ...  Reuben 2 episodes, 2000
János Kulka János Kulka ...  Jacob's Servant 2 episodes, 2000
Sana Laaouani Sana Laaouani ...  Levite Girl 2 episodes, 2000
Abdelkader Lofti Abdelkader Lofti ...  Chief of the Market 2 episodes, 2000
Luke Mably ...  Isaac (Younger) 2 episodes, 2000
Kevork Malikyan ...  Prison Governor 2 episodes, 2000
Gora Mbaye Gora Mbaye ...  Etiopian 2 episodes, 2000
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni ...  Slave Trader 2 episodes, 2000
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ...  Egyptian Officer 2 episodes, 2000
Ronald Pickup ...  Jacob (Older) 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Routh Christopher Routh ...  Edalak 2 episodes, 2000
Ahmed Saguia Ahmed Saguia ...  Ishmael 2 episodes, 2000
Katharine Schlesinger ...  Miriam 2 episodes, 2000
Stewart Scudamore ...  Judah 2 episodes, 2000
Alan Shearman ...  Chief Cup Bearer 2 episodes, 2000
Matthew Sim ...  Prisoner #1 2 episodes, 2000
Corey J. Smith Corey J. Smith ...  Moses (Toddler) 2 episodes, 2000
Stewart Thompson Stewart Thompson ...  Judah 2 episodes, 2000
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Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.

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From creation to the commandments, Man's greatest journey starts here.

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Adventure | Drama

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Official Sites:

RHI Entertainment | RHI-TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En el comienzo See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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The last full length movie of Victor Spinetti (Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician). See more »

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Followed by Barabbas (2012) See more »

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"Literary license" for motivation and character
22 November 2015 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

The best way to accurately give a review of this look at Genesis and the Bible, is to call it a film based on "literary license" or "poetic license" for the motivation of characters involved.

For example, when one reads Genesis, one can't find a reason to legitimize the deceit Jacob shows in stealing from his brother.

This also lead to the quandary of how it was recorded in the first place. If Jacob was just a selfish thief, why would the first people who recorded the story even say he was justified? This film sets out to give plausible explanations for such questions.

Are they the correct interpretations? Who knows? They certainly fit the criteria of "credibility" for the way in which the stories are recorded.

That's because we not only deal with the stories, but with the people who record them, and who listen to them.

The men make mistakes, but learn from them.

I was most impressed with the saga of Jacob.

The most disappointing to me, was the story of the twelve sons of Jacob. I understand why, though. Very few films have the time to delve into twelve characters. It's natural to show Reuben's first born mistakes, and the cruelty of Simeon. Here, the cruelty of Levi is left out, probably because there is a need to go to the important fourth brother of Judah.

All in all, it's a credible rendition that is worth watching, if only to agree or disagree with.


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