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he Prince of Egypt
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By David Bruce
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David Bruce
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Having new eyes isn't always a blessing. As the Bible says, "He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people... (and) he killed the Egyptian." Moses has now crossed the line. He leaves Egypt and journeys to Midian where he meets Jethro and his daughters; Moses marries the one named Zipporah. The next turning point in the life of Moses is the burning bush, where God tells him to go back to Egypt and set his people free. The bush in the film seems magical with a purple fire from which we hear the voice of God. Val Kilmer, the voice of Moses in The Prince of Egypt, similarly provides the voice of God at the burning bush.
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Moses returns. Seti has died and Rameses is now the Pharaoh. The two brothers now face each other again from opposing sides. Rameses will not release the Hebrew slaves, as he fears the words of his late father will come to pass: "Rameses you are the weak link."
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The film includes all 10 plagues, including locusts, the Nile turning to blood, and the slaying of the first-born. Each plague is related to a particular Egyptian god demonstrating Moses power over it.
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There is always risk when dealing with religion and so, to head off any criticism, DreamWorks brought in 360 religious leaders from around the world to serve as advisors. The Reverend Jerry Falwell, was one of the advisers who gave the movie 'two thumbs up.' Falwell was quoted by Newsweek as saying "They have done a great job of making it entertainment". Val Kilmer, the voice of Moses, was reportedly called back to re-record lines in which the words "a mark upon the door" were changed to "blood upon the door" after criticism by Evangelical Christian leaders. There have been numerous other cuts and changes to accommodate religious leaders. DreamWorks nixed as inappropriate fast-food tie-ins, a usual moneymaking must for animated features.
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The departure of the Hebrews out of Egypt is powerful. Pay careful attention to the background art. I was very impressed by both the rich symbolism and solid research that went into each scene. This is a film that you must watch several times to catch all fascinating detail.
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DreamWorks has out Ceciled Demille. The parting of the sea is the most amazing piece of animation ever done.
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The pillar of fire and the parting of the sea are saved for the end of the film. Spectacular. You must see it to fully appreciate it. How does the movie end? Well, I can't spoil everything. I can tell you that it leaves it open for a part two. I will also tell you that this film is some ways Biblically more accurate than "The Ten Commandments."
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The gospel sound track CD features:  Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey (Duet), DC Talk, Kirk Franklin, Jars of Clay, Jheryl Busby, Shirley Caesar, Take 6, Fred Hammond & RFC, Donnie McClurkin, Buster & Shavoni.

OTHER BIBLE FILMS INCLUDE:

Big Fisherman, The (1959)
David (1997) (TV)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965)
Joseph (1995) (TV)
Joseph and His Brethren (1962)
Judith of Bethulia (1914)
King David (1985)
King of Kings (1961)
Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah, The (1962)
Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988)
Late Great Planet Earth, The (1979)
And God Spoke, The (1993)
Moses (1996) (TV)
Noah's Ark (1929)
Prince of Egypt (1998)
Prodigal, The (1955)
Rachel's Man (1974)
Robe, The (1953)
Salome (1918)
Salome (1922)
Salome (1923)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1996) (TV)
Small One, The (1978)
Sodom and Gomorrah (1922)
Solomon (1997) (TV)
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Ten Commandments, The (1923)
Ten Commandments, The (1956)
THE STORY OF MOSES' YOUTH
as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures

Exodus 2:1-3:7
New Living Translation

During this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw what a beautiful baby he was and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a little basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile River. The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.

Soon after this, one of Pharaoh's daughters came down to bathe in the river, and her servant girls walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the little basket among the reeds, she told one of her servant girls to get it for her. As the princess opened it, she found the baby boy. His helpless cries touched her heart. "He must be one of the Hebrew children," she said.

Then the baby's sister approached the princess. "Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" she asked.

"Yes, do!" the princess replied. So the girl rushed home and called the baby's mother.

"Take this child home and nurse him for me," the princess told her. "I will pay you for your help." So the baby's mother took her baby home and nursed him.

Later, when he was older, the child's mother brought him back to the princess, who adopted him as her son. The princess named him Moses, for she said, "I drew him out of the water."

Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his people, the Israelites, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrew slaves. After looking around to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The next day, as Moses was out visiting his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. "What are you doing, hitting your neighbor like that?" Moses said to the one in the wrong.

"Who do you think you are?" the man replied. "Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Do you plan to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?"

Moses was badly frightened because he realized that everyone knew what he had done. And sure enough, when Pharaoh heard about it, he gave orders to have Moses arrested and killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and escaped to the land of Midian.

When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. Now it happened that the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came regularly to this well to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father's flocks. But other shepherds would often come and chase the girls and their flocks away. This time, however, Moses came to their aid, rescuing the girls from the shepherds. Then he helped them draw water for their flocks.

When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, "How did you get the flocks watered so quickly today?"

"An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds," they told him. "And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks."

"Well, where is he then?" their father asked. "Did you just leave him there? Go and invite him home for a meal!"

Moses was happy to accept the invitation, and he settled down to live with them. In time, Reuel gave Moses one of his daughters, Zipporah, to be his wife. Later they had a baby boy, and Moses named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land."

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites still groaned beneath their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their pleas for deliverance rose up to God. God heard their cries and remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare.

One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he went deep into the wilderness near Sinai, the mountain of God. Suddenly, the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a blazing fire in a bush. Moses was amazed because the bush was engulfed in flames, but it didn't burn up. "Amazing!" Moses said to himself. "Why isn't that bush burning up? I must go over to see this."

When the Lord saw that he had caught Moses' attention, God called to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!"

"Here I am!" Moses replied.

"Do not come any closer," God told him. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." When Moses heard this, he hid his face in his hands because he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord told him, "You can be sure I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries for deliverance from their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.

RELATED HUMOR

WHY GOD DOES NOT HAVE A PhD

He had only one major publication.
It was in Hebrew..
It had no references..
It wasn't published in a refereed journal..
Some even doubt he wrote it by himself..
It may be true that he created the world,
    
but what has he done since then?.
His cooperative efforts have been quite limited..
The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results..
He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects..
When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it by drowning his subjects..
When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample..
He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book..
Some say he even had his son teach the class..
He expelled his first two students for learning too much too soon..
Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests..
His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountaintop..

RELATED NEWS

MOSES HAS DESCENDANTS TODAY
July 9, 1998. The bloodline of some Jewish priests has remained untainted for thousands of years. A recent study based on genetic evidence confirmed that modern Jews who are part of the priestly class can trace their lineage back 3,000 years. The Cohanim, descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses, offered sacrifices, settled disputes, and taught younger generations about the Scriptures. Orthodox Jews still afford the priestly class special privileges, allowing them to read the Torah during services. Cohanim are not allowed to intermarry because they are commanded to remain spiritually pure because of the Jewish belief that they will serve again as priests when the Temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt.
...Members of the Cohanim have the same version of the Y chromosome, a marker passed from father to son, the study found. It tends to develop variants over time, but its minuscule variations in Cohanim men suggests that their bloodline has
remained essentially pure.

"THOU SHALT NOT" ON INTERSTATE 95
Sept 9, 1998. "What Part of 'Thou Shalt Not'. . . didn't you understand?" Florida billboards read. Others along Interstate 95 call on people to stop using God's name in vain and warn of the existence of hell. Messages on nine billboards and more than 300 signs on local buses are signed, "God," Reuters said. The campaign will run for three months at an estimated cost of $200,000 and has been paid for anonymously, Andy Smith of a Fort Lauderdale advertising company said. "There is no call to action. There is no name on the billboard except God and these people are just doing this because of the problems we have in this world," he said. "They just want people to think about how there are alternatives to many things that people do.

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VISITOR RESPONSES:

THE BEST MOVIE YET!
Subject: Prince_of_Egypt
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001
From: Samantha

i thought the movie was great i like how they played micrials by m.c and w.h.----
Samantha
E-mail me if u agree kinler9@aol.com

COMMENTS ON POE
Subject: comment on POE
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001
From: Candace

I think that POE ranks higher than The Ten Commendments in achievement and accuracy. First of all, i just love movies that animate historic events. Through the use of musical numbers and occasional accounts of humor, POE eases up the complex biblical plot for kids. Second of all, POE is more accurate concerning the biblical event it describes than is The Ten Commendments. POE allows the viewer to see both sides of the story--the Egyptian and the Hebrew. I used to think that the Hebrews were a solely righeteous people being enslaved a pharaoh that was nothing but flawed. Watching POE changed my viewpoint quite a bit. From what I saw, both the pharaoh and Moses were justified in their actions. The pharaoh Rameses was struggling with leadership at the time. He was nicknamed by his father the "weak link of a mighty dynasty [one that had ruled Egypt and led the world for 2000 years]." Also, Rameses was being tormented by the fact that the only friend he had known, Moses, had become his only enemy. Furthermore, both Rameses and Moses thought that keeping the Hebrews as slaves was the just thing to do before Moses discovered that he was originally the son of a Hebrew. Only by discovering this fact did he begin showing some sort of sympathy towards the Hebrews. (By the way, cross-examination cannot argue that Moses was still a child at this time and was thus learning values and responsibilities in his life, because Moses was anywhere from 25 to 30 at the point of this epiphany.) Thus, similarly, Rameses was doing a just thing of keeping the Hebrews as slaves from this perspective. He desired to maintain the empire's glory and had not been through a likewise revelation. Moreover, Rameses was justified in his dealings with God, because he was not like a tyrannical king who had deified himself such as Julius Caesar, but he was rather a devout Egyptian who was following the scriptures of his Egyptian Gods. He should not thus be blamed for doubting the God of Abraham. (by the way, i believe that there is only one God but he can be worshipped in many ways as long as one believes in him. Drawing from this perspective, both the God of Abraham of Moses and the Egyptian Gods were ultimately the same.) On the other hand, Moses was justified in his actions because he was trying to free slaves from bondage. Neither Rameses nor Moses should be portrayed as more righteous in his actions than the other. The Ten Commandments in many ways favors Moses over Rameses by portraying Rameses as an arrogant, furious, tyrannical pharaoh and Moses as an innocent, modest, and a favorite son of the pharaoh. POE is much more accurate and should be credited for its advancement of feature animation.

LIBERTIES TAKEN
Subject: Liberties taken with Biblical truth
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001
From: Sarah

As far as the plot liberties taken by the filmakers in POE, lighten up. Egyption family life is better simplified; the reality was a lot weirder than the most corrupt film in Hollywood. In the Bible, Moses was found by Pharoah's sister - and guess who the Egyption royalty married most often? If her mummy was found, I would'nt be surprised if she was Pharoah's niece or aunt as well. The probable reason for the decline of a dynasty was inbreeding; many Pharoanic mummies have revealed terrible medical problems. I liked the film a great deal. The art was dead-on correct (I have an MFA, so I can gas off legally on this topic).

Also, the film is ART - not Bible. People complained to Michelangelo, too. Best of all, this film is Watchable; an important feature when you have, say, ten children's vidiotapes you end up having to listen to over and over. It is aesthetically pleasing, and the worst songs are not that bad at all.
Sarah

WILL THERE BE A PRINCE OF EGYPT 2?
Subject: Theres going to be a part 2???
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 1999
From: Alex

Hi, I was at your site and you said something about a prince of egypt 2. I am a very big fan of the 1st one. How can they make a 2nd? In the 1st one it already went to the end of the Exodus story. Is it going to be something on his childhood or something? Do you know ne thing about it? Please e-mail me.
Thanks
Alex
My response: No there will not be a part 2

ON GOD AS THEY, AND LITERAL OR NOT.
Subject: Whoa . . .
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999
From: Violet
All right, first the flaws: There were a few historical problems. New archeological evidence suggests that the pyramids, temples, and other monuments of Ancient Egypt were built not by slaves but by wage laborers or by workers who paid part of their taxes in labor. I've attended a Passover supper once, and I was a little saddened that the filmmakers left out the baking of unleavened bread, etc., as this is such a large part of the celebration now. I was also a little let down by the decision to have a male voice of God; I'd heard that earlier, the filmmakers had planned to use a combination of voices-men, women, and children- for that. By implying that God is male, you've automatically claimed that He (I actually prefer to use the term "They"- what we need is a pronoun just for God) is not, by definition, female, and then you've just limited God and that's blasphemy. Ouch. I've read Harold Bloom's The Book of J, and have considered the possibility that the Exodus story and other parts of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles may not be actual, historical events. And you know what? I don't care either way. Does God appear only in literal, historical events? No! God can and does do that, but They also manifest Themselves in other ways, and one of those ways is in the inspiration for a story that's, so to speak, more real than real. Now I'm just confusing myself. But my point is- I think- a story doesn't have to have actually happened for it to be real. My brain hurts now. I'm kicking myself for not seeing this in a theater to see the passage through the Red Sea on the big screen, but to tell the truth the part I really liked is when God first appears to Moses. At the end, with the assurance that "I will be with you," and all those misty vapor-Raiders-things surrounding Moses, that struck me as being a real communion with God. That's kinda what it's really like to know you are in God's presence. Wonderful.
Thanks,
Violet
My response: I am so impressed by your insight. I like your independant thinking.

CHRISTIANITY SET UP TO MAKE MONEY
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999
From: Diabolino

Hi I read your review on the prince of egypt and how you said that it was a good christian movie what does christianity have to do whith the jewish slaves for Satans sake christ was not born until another thousand or so years. Also many of jewish think that what you wrote was crap. And just to remind you Christianity was set up as a money making skeem by one of your saints I think it was paul or peter I can't remember.

May The Lord Satan Rule this comming Milenia
Yours truly Diabolino
My response: You are right, in a way, God and money do not always mix. Moses is an important figure to the three great religions, not just to the wonderful Jewish faith. Moses is about liberation from the evil system of slavery. Christians resonate with this. Don't you?

"PRINCE OF EGYPT" SENT CHILLS DOWN BACK
October 18, 1999
I saw the movie in the movie theaters and was amazed. It sended chills down my back and kept me glued to the screen. that graphics and scenes were amazing!!! The parting of the red sea was so wonderful and to see God working threw Moses makes you feel so good knowing that God can work threw someone else to help maybe even me. Today in Sunday school we watched it too and i jut think its such an awesome movie, and yes some of the songs are sappy just that one "who knows wat miracles u can achieve" is still stuck in my mind.
AWESOME MOVIE! ~Melissa

GREAT NEW SITE ON PRINCE OF EGYPT
September 9, 1999. David, It's been many months since last we corresponded.
Encouraged by friends, I did additional research to prepare some educational materials. With them, teachers can use selected scenes from the film as triggers to teachings on various texts which inspired the PoE creative team.
     While working on some educational materials for Prince of Egypt it occurred to me that an interactive web site would be another great way to present the information--after all, your pages on The Prince of Egypt are great! So I got to work on the concept. You'll find the result at:
http://free.prohosting.com/~threads
Teachers can use selected scenes from the film as triggers to teachings on various texts which inspired the PoE creative team.
     I'd like to invite you to come in and explore. I also welcome any comments, suggestions and criticism you might have.
     If you know of any others who might benefit from the site, please inform them.
Thanks!
Scott E. Meyer email: se-meyer@nwu.edu

Development Research phone: 847-491-8381
Northwestern University fax: 847-491-7095
Evanston, Illinois 60208

My response: I love what you have done Scott. I will recommend it to everyone.

NEW AGE BUSH IN POE
July 18, 1999.
Did anyone else notice that the bush didn't burn, it glowed? I thought that was a little bit of creative fiddling that rather bothered me. It said in the bible that the bush BURNED. Not some sort of new agey glory thing. Other than that, I did enjoy the movie and, of course, thought the sea parting scene was spectacular. I also thought the hieroglyph/wall scene was incredible.  -Angella  cybergrl23@hotmail.com

My response: Thanks cyber girl! I did not know new agers were into glowing bushes.

POE IN NORWAY
June 21, 1999.
Hi, my name is Iris and I'm from Norway.I think Prince of Egypt is a very touching story, and the film is just great. The drawings are splendid and everything about it is just great. I've seen it on the cinema 3 times, and when they give it out as a film, I will buy it! If u r 11-12-13 years old, male ore female (I'm f/12/Norway), please write to me and tell me what u think about it, or else, u can just write so we can be "letter-friends!"(My english-writing is very good!(NOT!) My e-m@il address is
iris_bm@hotmail.com

BASKED IN "AFTER POE GLOW"
March 14, 1999.
Prince of Egypt's da bomb! The irony is, I didn't really wanna see it at first. Then, it seemed as if the whole world was flocking to it so I thought I'd give it a try. By the time I exited the theater, my face was basked in an "after-PoE" glow. I was so enthralled that it was all I could think about the next day. Now, I am totally obsessed with it. The animation is totally spectacular and the story is so true (even though a few minor details were left out or altered, but never mind that). The Red Sea is totally fantastic--it took them three years to do it and it was only for, like, four minutes! Imagine! The songs are wonderful...I  can't get them out of my system 'cuz they're so worth listening to! And the characters are so true-to-life.  I predict that this will be the beginning of more adult animation because it's really mature and sophisticated. The few kids I know who went to see it didn't like it that much because it was too complicated for them. But we, as grownups (teens and adults) truly appreciate it. This film shows what it really means to be a human being (including pain and suffering) as well as the true way to solving difficulties: it's not by a fictional sidekick or fairy godmother or your own pride, but by asking help from the Lord. Because I am a Christian, this has so much meaning to me. When I was a child, I remember being mesmerized by the story of Moses. It was such a wonderful and exciting story. In a way, Dreamworks made me look deeper into the story of Moses. Way to go, PoE! You're da bomb! Because of you, the Mouse House is invulnerable no more.
MY RESPONSE: The Moses story is the most important story in the Hebrew scriptures! Moses like you and I was flawed and yet God usesd him powerfully. The story gives us hope and faith in a God that can get around our failings and use us for great purposes.

TIME AND PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
Feb 2, 1999.
I was like eleven years old when "The little Mermaid" was released into the theaters. I liked the movie and - being as extreme as i am - I saw it in the theater seven times. Seven times is a lot for someone so young - especially when you gotta use the money you made on your four o'clock in the morning paper route for your ticket. I am now twenty. I got married three weeks ago, and the money situstion is very tight. I have already seen POE in the theater three times - I plan to see it at least five times more. And it's not because I think that it is the greatest movie of all time (although it IS good). It is because I believe in supporting people who support God.  Now, I know that there are those of you out there who would oppose me on that. There are those who say that supporting DreamWorks SKG and POE is, in truth, opposing the Lord. It grieves me to log onto this site and see us fighting against one another like this. Please, guys - let's not fight against the friendlies. Let's just save our energy for the bad guys, huh? :)  Remember - the Bible says that there is a place and a time for everything, all in God's time and that's the only time there is...   Thanks and I hope that you'll forgive me if I offended anyone
. --kaulana nothnagle

THE LORD MUST BE PLEASED
Jan 31 1999,
Our Lord must have been so pleased with what those who had something to do with the production of the Prince of Egypt did with the time, talent and treasure He had entrusted to them. This is as well an excellent bible learning tool!... By the way, this is my first visit to this unique site. I bookmarked it already...Do continue glorifying the Lord with the talents and facilities He has lent you..May God sustain your ministry
--Isabel

POE IN NORWAY
Jan 27 1999,
I watched POE in Norway with four Norwegians and one Russian. We were stunned along with the rest of the people who sat stone quiet during the entire film. No one coughed or moved for 90 minutes. I think it is a modern way to communicate the great story of our origins and it will mark the public's views of the exodus for a generation. Never agrgue with artists for they always win the battle of words with art
--GARY

SEEN IT THREE TIMES
Jan 16 1999. "Prince of Egypt" is a very special film. It should be for ages 7 and up. (My personal thought) I have seen it three times. The animation is wonderful and exciting. After hearing the sound tracks (all are good) perhaps the inspirational songs could have been placed in the movie. CeCe Winans singing the "River Song" would fit really well. Great effort Dreamworks. Thanks. Please do more. I like the brown characters. M. Parker

A WONDERFUL MOVIE
Jan 13 1999,
This is an excellent movie. It is wonderful. I have never seen a Biblical story protrayed so realistically. It really hit home about Moses life, and how he left his family to follow GOD. I felt like praising God in the movie at many different sections and I could have easily clapped my hands in worship. Is God ever awesome! I hope that he uses this movie to His glory. I am very disappointed that so many people are arguing over it's validity and meanings. I think we should take it for what it is: a wonderful movie that represents what we believe; a chance for children around the world to learn about the Bible. I was glad to hear so many children questioning their parents about what was happening and I hope that they continue to search for answers until they find the true Answer. Praise God!!
--Jennifer Miller

WELL WORTH SEEING
Jan 13 1999,
I'd like to give Prince of Egypt a rating of great, and it certainly deserves it on a technical and artistic level. I was moved profoundly by the movies scenes of miracles and the humanization of Moses (Ten Commandments never shows Moses as a man but as a Holy Icon. Surely Moses grieved at the destruction wrought on a people over whom he'd been a prince). All in all it was a powerful film, and bold move on the part of Dreamworks. The movie lost something by striving not to offend, not that I am suggesting it should have gone out of the way to offend, but I felt it should have been stronger in some respects. I noted with disappointment the absence of Moses' first descent from the mountain to a den of iniquity which would have rivaled much of what occurs in modern society. His condemnation of that behavior would have been offensive to many, but I felt its absence diluted the morality of the film. I point out that both Moses and Christ were not politically correct. They placed truth above politeness. As an aside, I am always amazed at how many christians forget that Jesus, in addition to forgiving the harlot wove a whip with his own hands to drive out money lenders from the temple. He beat them, overturned their tables, and broke open the cages of the birds they were selling for sacrafices. That wasn't a very polite thing to do, but some things are too important to be polite over. That being said, it was still an excellent movie and positively moving religous experience. Well worth seeing.

BEST FILM
Jan 3 1999.
I thought this was one of the best movies I have seen. I strongly recommend seeing it. -Ben Moors. Australia

IDEAS FROM HBO?

Jan 3 1999.
First let me say, "Thank you," for posting my first e-mail and so quickly. I have since seen POE twice. It was literally breathtaking! The first time I saw it, I truly did have to catch my breath. That was mainly because, as a Christian, there was so much of the reality of God in the depictions of the movie, if not complete literalness to the Bible account. In that regard, I am a bit saddened that the Dreamworks team CHOSE not to stick to the Biblical account, since there was more than enough drama and emotion, sometimes more than what was in the film, in the parts of the text they removed. Some cases in point: The complaining of the Israelites at the Red Sea and desire to return to Egypt and Moses powerful and reverent response to their unbelief (this was portrayed effectively in The Ten Commandments); the signs given to Moses AT the burning bush, etc. You may be interested in checking out an animated version of Moses that recently appeared on HBO and was produced by SC4 Christmas Films and BBC Wales. It was exceptional and ran as part of the HBO series Testament: The Bible in Animation. What is especially striking about it is that it retains ALL of the important facts of the beginning of Exodus, with great effect, much of which POE either changes or excludes. I also have a sinking suspision that Dreamworks may have seen this version and copied some of its ideas. There is a very familiar, albeit abreviated, chariot scene. The Angel of Death scene is also telling. Just like in POE, as each egyptian firstborn dies, you can hear their last breath very clearly. There are a number of other very similar scenes, but I do not want to ramble. Check it out if you can get a copy. POE is still a GREAT movie!
BN, Lowell, MA

SAW JESUS IN THIS FILM
Jan 1, 1999.
I have just seen POE this evening 1/1/99. It was the most beautiful adaptation of the Biblical account of Moses I have ever seen. I have read most of the preceeding comments and to the negatives I must give the mighty raspberry, pppth! Though there are places that deviate from what the Bible says it gets the main point acrossed. It wasn't just about slavery being bad it was also about what happens when a nation ignores God in the face of evidence (the ten plagues). Also this isn't just a movie for us Christians this is also the history of the Jewish people. Did you (who read this comment) see Jesus in the film? Yes He was there in the pillar of fire. Later on in Exodus He is the Pillar of fire at night and the smoke during the day leading the Isrealites. This movie meant so much to me. And I love how in the beginning of the film the watcher is encouraged to read the story in the Bible! Amen! -Edward

NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY
Jan 1, 1998.
Pardon me if I sound disrespectful, but I'm simply curious. Why are so many people talking about 'a movie Christians can feel good about seeing' or what not...? The movie has nothing to do with Christianity, takes place several thousand years before Christianity arose, and (rightfully) makes no attempts to incorporate "New Testament" ideas about G-d. It is the story of the freedom of the Jewish people.
     On some other random notes: As far as I am aware, scholars are unsure as to who the Pharoh of Exodus was, though most believe is was Ramses II, there are other candidates.
     Did you notice that what Moses joked about with Ramses when their father berated Ramses pretty much came true?
     Finally, to that guy who didn't think Christian money should be going towards Jewish creators, there is one very clear solution: Don't pay for a ticket. No-one forced you to. If you want to cut off yourself from the outside world because the majority of it does not conform to your ways of thinking, feel free. Have fun. No-one is stopping you from becoming a hermit.
     I also enjoyed the use of authentic Hebrew songs in the movie, including the prayer Mi Chamocha, thought to have been said by Miriam after crossing the sea, and the "Song of the Sea" (both of which were the songs being sung in the movie when the Hebrews were leaving Egypt). I welcome anyone who wants to repond to me about anything I've said. Ethan Heitner
eheitner@hotmail.com

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The Prince Of Egypt: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

It should be little surprise that of the three Prince of Egypt CDs, this one, which contains music actually used in the picture, is the best. The disc features songs written by Academy Award winners Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer. It also showcases the always impressive vocal talents of Ofra
Haza on several tracks. The disc also crams in a few singles--ranging from the solid Boyz II Men track "I Will Get There" to the average "The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)" by Whitney
Houston and Mariah Carey to the dismal "Through Heaven's Eyes," by K-Ci & JoJo. But ultimately, Haza steals the show on tracks like "Cry" and the gorgeous "Deliver Us," performed with Eden Riegel. Other standouts include "Playing with the Big Boys," by Steve Martin and Martin Short, and a pleasant, if not unexpected, vocal by Michelle Pfeiffer on "When You Believe."

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The Prince Of Egypt: Inspirational

Various Artists - Gospel.

Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey (Duet), DC Talk, Kirk Franklin, Jars of Clay, Jheryl Busby, Shirley Caesar, Take 6, Fred Hammond & RFC, Donnie McClurkin, Buster & Shavoni.

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The Prince Of Egypt: Nashville

(Related Recordings), Various Artists - Country - Contemporary

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FOR THE KIDS.
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BROTHERS IN EGYPT

Growing up as princes of Egypt, Moses and Rameses share a life full of action, adventure, mischief, and brotherly love. But all that changes when Moses learns of his true identity and his connection to the Hebrew slaves who toil for his father.
Ages 9-12
Paperback - 64 pages. Reprint edition

 

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MIRIAM'S GIFT

by Dreamworks

Moses' courageous and spirited sister Miriam is the heroine of this picture book retelling. The story and keepsake charm pay tribute to Miriam's gift of faith and her belief that one day her brother would help set their people free.
Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 32 pages

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THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

by Jane Yolen, Michael Koelsch (Illustrator), Larry Navarro (Illustrator), la Navarro

First in the DreamWorks Classics CollectionTM, this big, beautiful storybook is the best way for fans to recapture the magic and grandeur of The Prince of Egypt. Acclaimed author Jane Yolen provides a powerful, finely crafted retelling, that matches the sweep of this groundbreaking film.
Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 80 pages

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PRINCE OF EGYPT THROUGH HEAVEN'S EYES.

by Stephen Schwartz (Introduction)

Honoring many talents behind the movie, this deluxe hardcover storybook is the perfect choice for gift-givers, music lovers, and collectors. Hauntingly lovely paintings by DreamWorks' own studio artists recreate favorite scenes from the film. Perfect to share aloud with a young child, the text is a faithful retelling of the Moses story.
Ages 4-8

FOR GROWNUPS

Destiny and Deliverance : Spiritual Insights from the Life of Moses
(The Prince of Egypt)
by Philip Yancey (Editor), John Maxwell, Eareckson Tada, Kenneth Boa, Phillip Yancey, Joni Eareckson Tada 

256 pages. Thomas Nelson. Dimensions (in inches): 0.96 x 9.58 x 6.45
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The Prince of Egypt :
A New Vision in Animation

by Charles Solomon

Dedicated to exploring the behind-the-scenes making of DreamWorks' first animated film, the book is a gorgeous compilation of artwork, from preliminary sketches to final product, that demonstrates the complicated process of bringing cartoon characters to life. Hardcover

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The Prince of Egypt : The Movie Scrapbook : An In-Depth Look Behind the
Scenes

by Thomasine Lewis, Tommi Lewis

Part scrapbook, part behind-the-scenes book, this is a colorful exploration of the characters, the story, and the making of The Prince of Egypt. Readers can revisit memorable characters and key scenes from the film. They'll meet the real people behind the scenes, who talk about their craft and show how the film was created.

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Moses : A Life
by Jonathan Kirsch

Moses: A Life is Jonathan Kirsch's attempt to depict the historical Moses. There is not one whit of archeological evidence that the great lawgiver ever lived, but Kirsch, a California lawyer, combs through the Scripture and its cultural remains with forensic zeal in his efforts to uncover the man he calls "the most haunted and haunting figure in the Bible."
Hardcover - 464 pages. Ballantine Books

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