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The Ten Commandments Essay

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The Ten Commandments is a movie about the book of Exodus and Moses. The movie began at the first order to kill all Hebrews under the age of two. Here Moses is cast off into the Nile and the story begins. It ends with the end of Moses’s life and Joshua taking over. The movie, for the most part, stayed true to the book of Exodus, but some detail and major plotline were different. The movie was good, but the added love story and power struggle made the movie a little off topic. The story itself, Moses being adopted, raised, sent away, and then came back and freed the people is the same, so Exodus is followed in a general way. Some detail is not, like some of the plagues are different (Plague seven was just hail, not hail on fire), and some characters are not existent in the Bible, but appear in the movie. The movie was very good and is one of the best Moses and Passover movies of all time. The only flaw was the details that the movie lacked or were incorrect.
The movie was very similar to the book of Exodus. Although some details are different, the plot does stay true to Moses’s life. The first part of the movie is true with Exodus, with Pharoah killing all the first-born Israelite children and with Moses’s mother sending Moses away in a basket down the Nile. He is raised as a prince of Egypt, with some differences, and kills an Egyptian. It may have been over dramatic but, Moses did kill the Egyptian. He left to Midian and saved some female shepherds from some men and was able to marry one of them. He married the oldest and settled down on a farm. These major plot lines were correct in the movie, and some detail is similar. In the second half of the movie, Moses returns. Aaron does act as his partner and they talk to Pharaoh, but the Pharaoh doesn’t agree, like in Exodus. During their first encounter, Aaron drops the staff and the staff turns into a serpent. Pharaoh's magicians could duplicate that trick, however, Moses’s staff eats the other two from the magicians. This happens like it does in Exodus. Then the plagues kicked in, terrorizing Egypt. The first plague, water into blood, was shown correctly, while plagues two through six were not shown they did happen. The ninth plague happens and after Pharaoh does threaten Moses. After that, the tenth plague, death of the first born, happens as it is in Exodus. During the tenth plague, the passover feast is similar to Exodus in that for the feast they had a perfect lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs. Theses are all in exodus along with the lamb’s blood on the doorpost to have the angel of death pass over the house. After the plague lifted, the Hebrews were sent out of Egypt with the spoils of Egypt. Gold, silver, jewels, livestock, and more were all taken out of Egypt as spoils. After they left, they reached the Red Sea and set up camp. Pharaoh chased after them with an army of chariots and trapped the Hebrews by the Red Sea. God stopped the army with a pillar of...

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