The Ten Commandments

Jury duty has been an enjoyable experience the entire week. The really sad aspect of it all is that the Jefferson County Judicial Center is the busiest place in the state, on a day-to-day basis, which means there is a lot of crime being done on a day-to-day basis. Yesterday, while I was hurrying and witing to serve, I considered the basis of our entire system is grounded in the Ten Commandments and other various 'laws' laid out in the first five books of the Old Testament. You know the great story of Moses meeting with God on the mountain and coming down with the slates of stone with God's writing on them.

About a month ago, I entered a contest on Truetunes.com and won the famous Cecil B. Demille's 1956 version of The Ten Commandments. I have seen it many times and love some of the huge scenes in Demille's attempts to bring Moses to life. This past week ABC in association with Hallmark Entertainment aired Robert Halmi Sr.' s rendition and remake of the same story. What a huge and boring mistake. Halmi is known for his effects and hugeness.....but about an hour into the story I was ready for the pillow. He portrays Moses as a man who is constantly wondering why God chose him and seems more like a impotent character with positive mental attitude hoping God will show up.
In one scene, Moses demoralizes Joshua, who later in real life led the Israelites into the Promised Land, calling him a coward. Most of the scenes in this movie were not Biblically based or accurate to the Scriptures. But I must say, I am not surprised with 'Hollywood's' biblical movies these days. Moses spent at least three hours of the movie asking God, "What do you want me to understand what You are saying when You call Yourself "I Am That I Am"?

You can check out a couple of reviews here: "Ten Commandments' is an inane, empty remake" in the Boston Globe by Matthew Gilbert and the Louisville Courier-Journal 's "New ' Ten Commandments' could learn from DeMille's Bible " by Tom Dorsey.



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