Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Ten Commandments: Cecil B. DeMille vs. Holy Scripture

I teach Sunday School. That means I am a Protestant, a United Methodist to be exact. I was raised to remain a Catholic because Protestants were heretics. I didn't know what that meant when I was a kid, but it had something to do with taking a wide berth around the Lutheran and Methodist church buildings on the way to Mass.

I was doing a lesson on Exodus and we hit the part about the Ten Commandments. I thought it would be a great idea to compare the Bible's version to the Cecil B. DeMille, Hollywood version. So we went through the Bible all the way to the Hebrew's entering the land of Canaan, which is where the movie ends. Then, I brought in the video and we watched The Ten Commandments.

At the end of the movie I asked my students what the difference was between the movie and Scriptures. John said, "The movie had more kissing."


Laura said...

Hilarious! And I know just what he means. The "good books" of any religion would probably be a lot more interesting if they had more kissing.

Jack said...

Jeez, you need to read Genesis. This one "knowing" that one and Lot's three daughters getting so isolated and alone they ply their old man with liquor until he doesn't know they are, uh, "knowing" him several nights in a row. It can make you really horny reading that stuff. I won't even mention David and Bathsheba. (Oops, I did.)