Today, I saw the most recent movie depicting the Biblical account of the Exodus. The best and most concise summary I could give is that the movie truly was an “Exodus,” but it was an “exodus” from God’s word.
I never cease to be amazed at the liberties taken with reference to the Bible. No other piece of literature would be treated in the same way. The changes are needless, and offensive to the very people for which the movie is made.
This movie is no exception. I’ll share just a few of the deviations from the Biblical text to give you a sampling of how loosely the movie is based on the Bible.
- In the movie, no one spoke to Moses out of a burning bush. Instead, a little boy representing God or a messenger from God stood near the burning bush and spoke to Moses.
- In the movie, Moses did not kill an Egyptian whom he saw beating an Israelite slave. Instead, Moses killed an Egyptian who questioned him while walking through the town one evening.
- In the movie, instead of crossing the Red Sea on dry ground as the Bible teaches, Moses led the Israelites through waist-deep water at times, and at other times through muck and mud.
- In the movie, not only did the wall of water fall on the Egyptians, drowning them, but it also fell on Moses, but he was able to swim to shore.
- The Bible records that God wrote the Ten Commandments with his “finger.” but the movie showed Moses chiseling out the Ten Commandments on the tablets of stone.
These are just some of the unnecessary changes to the biblical account, so once again, I’m left asking the question, “Why?” Why change the biblical, historical record? Would anyone make a movie about Pearl Harbor and have the Japanese bombs miss the U.S.S. Arizona? Would anyone make a movie about Abraham Lincoln but instead of being shot, they have Lincoln being poisoned? Such trifling would be unacceptable. Even if one did not see the Bible as historical, but merely a classic piece of literature, would they treat other great pieces of literature like they do the Bible? Would anyone dare tamper with Shakespeare by moving Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene to a café instead? Would anyone edit Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” in such a way as to have the old man hunting a giant squid? Of course not.
But when it comes to the Bible, it just doesn’t seem to have any respect of movie makers as an historical record or as a classic piece of literature. So for me, rather than being captivated with a reenactment of an amazing working of God, I feel insulted by the lack of respect the movie demonstrates for the word of God.