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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is banned in Egypt

By T.K. Randall
December 28, 2014 · Comment icon 86 comments

A historical depiction of Moses leading the Israelites away from Egypt. Image Credit: Ivan Aivazovsky
Egypt's censorship board has taken the decision to ban the film due to 'historical inaccuracies'.
Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, the biblical epic depicts the story of Moses as he led the Hebrews out of Egypt and features scenes such as the twelve plagues, the parting of the Red Sea and the transcribing of the Ten Commandments.

Despite its impressive visuals and grand set pieces however the movie did not perform particularly well at the box office and nor did it receive very favorable reviews from critics.
To make things worse a film censorship board in Egypt has now decided to ban the film on the basis that its interpretation of the biblical story contains too many historical inaccuracies.

These include the suggestion that the Jews constructed the pyramids and the idea that an earthquake, as oppose to an act of God, was responsible for the parting of the Red Sea.

The movie is also believed to be banned in Morocco for similar reasons.

Source: BBC News | Comments (86)




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Comment icon #77 Posted by cormac mac airt 9 years ago
As you know exact dates are never correct before 500bc. As you should know, docyabut2, making up your own facts doesn't make them true. kmt_sesh: This is correct. We mark the Persian Period (beginning 525 BCE) as the start of accurate dating. But analyses of material culture from the New Kingdom (such as carbon dating) shows that we are unlikely to be more than 50 years off. I would respecfully disagree with the above kmt_sesh. Per the article "Dating Pharaonic Egypt" (from www.sciencemag.org; SCIENCE VOL 328 18 JUNE 2010) Hendrik J. Bruins says of the Egyptian periods that "The 14C model resu... [More]
Comment icon #78 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
The passages Genesis 12:10-20 narrate how Abraham moves to Egypt to escape a period of famine in Canaan. The unnamed pharaoh hears of the beauty of Abraham's wife Sarah and - being told she was Abraham's sister - summons her to become his own wife. As a result of the marriage, Abraham rises in the Pharaoh's favor and acquires livestock and servants. But after discovering Sarah's true relationship to Abraham, the pharaoh releases her and Abraham and orders them to take their goods and leave Egypt. Could Moses have been a child of this pharaoh, and the child kept in Egypt under the pharaoh`s rul... [More]
Comment icon #79 Posted by rattpoison 9 years ago
While they're at it, they might as well ban the movie 'Exodus' starring Paul Newman. I assume they hate that one, too.
Comment icon #80 Posted by The Necromancer 9 years ago
While they're at it, they might as well ban the movie 'Exodus' starring Paul Newman. I assume they hate that one, too. I just assumed everybody missed my previous post in this thread. Ban 'History Of The World' starring Mel Brooks. Like that poster I quoted in agreement...It is just a movie an interpretation of historical events and Charlton Heston's watch in Ben Hur proved that to all..didn't it? I don't know why the Egyptian Government believe their people are so stupid they can't see that for themselves..but ah well.
Comment icon #81 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
The passages Genesis 12:10-20 narrate how Abraham moves to Egypt to escape a period of famine in Canaan. The unnamed pharaoh hears of the beauty of Abraham's wife Sarah and - being told she was Abraham's sister - summons her to become his own wife. As a result of the marriage, Abraham rises in the Pharaoh's favor and acquires livestock and servants. But after discovering Sarah's true relationship to Abraham, the pharaoh releases her and Abraham and orders them to take their goods and leave Egypt. Could Moses have been a child of this pharaoh, and the child kept in Egypt under the pharaoh`s rul... [More]
Comment icon #82 Posted by jaylemurph 9 years ago
The passages Genesis 12:10-20 narrate how Abraham moves to Egypt to escape a period of famine in Canaan. The unnamed pharaoh hears of the beauty of Abraham's wife Sarah and - being told she was Abraham's sister - summons her to become his own wife. As a result of the marriage, Abraham rises in the Pharaoh's favor and acquires livestock and servants. But after discovering Sarah's true relationship to Abraham, the pharaoh releases her and Abraham and orders them to take their goods and leave Egypt. Could Moses have been a child of this pharaoh, and the child kept in Egypt under the pharaoh`s rul... [More]
Comment icon #83 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
The Harry Potter series is pretty detailed fiction, too (just like the Bible): are you planning on trying to find Hogwarts somewhere in Scotland? --Jaylemurph Jaylemurph there is some truth in the writhing's of history, its in finding it
Comment icon #84 Posted by Kenemet 9 years ago
The passages Genesis 12:10-20 narrate how Abraham moves to Egypt to escape a period of famine in Canaan. The unnamed pharaoh hears of the beauty of Abraham's wife Sarah and - being told she was Abraham's sister - summons her to become his own wife. As a result of the marriage, Abraham rises in the Pharaoh's favor and acquires livestock and servants. But after discovering Sarah's true relationship to Abraham, the pharaoh releases her and Abraham and orders them to take their goods and leave Egypt. Could Moses have been a child of this pharaoh, and the child kept in Egypt under the pharaoh`s rul... [More]
Comment icon #85 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
As you should know, docyabut2, making up your own facts doesn't make them true. I would respecfully disagree with the above kmt_sesh. Per the article "Dating Pharaonic Egypt" (from www.sciencemag.org; SCIENCE VOL 328 18 JUNE 2010) Hendrik J. Bruins says of the Egyptian periods that "The 14C model results for the Old Kingdom have an average calendrical precision of 76 years", "The Middle Kingdom results have an average calendrical precision of 53 years" and "The New Kingdom results, based on 128 14C dates with an average calendrical precision of 24 years". That makes the New Kingdom date/s slig... [More]
Comment icon #86 Posted by jaylemurph 9 years ago
Jaylemurph there is some truth in the writhing's of history, its in finding it Really, 'cause I heard there's this whole thing called "fiction" that's /nothing/ but made-up ****. Life must be confusing and scary if you can't tell fiction from history. (Assuming the Bible is some form of history and not propaganda is a level of self-induced ignorance I can't even attempt to crack.) ...no wonder Mario Dantas is always so punchy. --Jaylemurph


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