Egypt Bans New ‘Exodus’ film for “Historical Inaccuracies”

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exodus mythUpdate 12/31 – Morocco has also banned the film but for reasons unrelated to history. Shortly after Egypt, the United Arab Emirates also banned the film.

Citing “historical inaccuracies” as the cause, Egyptian officials have banned the new film ‘Exodus’ according to Variety. Key among the film’s problems are “the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids and the Biblical story of a miracle by Moses causing the Red Sea to part so that the Jewish people could escape from the pursuing Egyptian army.”

According to Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Egyptians built the Giza pyramids between 2589 BC and 2504 BC. Many other sources offer the same general dates for pyramid construction.

Since the famed pyramids were built hundreds of years pre-dating Abraham (father of Judaism) and there’s no archaeological evidence of the Exodus occurring, the next question is whether Jews were ever held in Egyptian bondage at all. Juan Cole comments that “Israeli leader Menachem Begin asserted in speeches that Jews built the pyramids” though I don’t know if this is the beginning of the false assertion or not. Cole further mentions that at the time in question there were probably not “‘Jews’ as opposed to Canaanites with a special emphasis on a particular deity among others.”

Is it ethical to continue telling the Passover story as typically presented when the premise of “The story of Passover has its beginning in the days of Abraham” is clearly false?

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