Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Noah's Flood - Bible vs Hollywood

The Biblical story of Noah and the flood can be found in Genesis, chapters 6-8.  An inspired account with more detail can be viewed at the site of Ellen White, the author of Patriarchs & Prophets, which includes two chapters on Noah and the flood

These are in contrast to the upcoming movie by Paramount entitled Noah.  The trailer is below.


The movie is scheduled for release in the United States at the end of March, 2014.  Already, Noah has been banned in several Islamic countries because of the portrayal of a prophet, something apparently forbidden in Islamic law.

In Mexico, where the movie has already been released, crowds who attended did not heartily embrace the film.  According to news reports, many viewers did not appreciate the artistic license taken by the movie's production team.

One thing to keep in mind is that Hollywood movies are designed for only one purpose:  to entertain.  Any facts not contributing to entertainment are simply ignored or rewritten.  Hollywood studios have a long history of "tweaking" Biblical narrative.  Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Ten Commandments (all versions), and even the more recent History channel series on the Bible, made artistic decisions clearly not aligned with the source material.

If you choose to see Noah, remember that it is only based on the "essence" of the story of Noah.  Paramount even released a statement addressing concerns of some Christian groups.  Before attending the movie, visit the two links in the "Biblical Narrative" section of this post.

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