Moses and Egypt: The Documentation to the Motion Picture The Ten Commandments

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THE picture The Ten Commandments relates the story of Moses and his people; it depicts the lives of great pharaohs and their subjects. Having studied the issues and the people represented in this film, the author now takes the liberty of presenting a few of his own conclusions.

One cannot help but be impressed by the still visible accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians. By a lenient comparison these Nile dwellers lived in a world of many material advantages, not unlike our own. They were a people who had originated and mastered many things from which the world has profited. In their architecture and arts, in their industries and crafts and in their writings, they set examples that prove them to have been a worthy people. They formed a cultured nation for a much longer period of time than has been taken up by the histories of England, France, Germany, Italy or the United States of America. Since the advent of Islam, Egypt has been inhabited essentially by a newer stock of people; nevertheless, the history of that nation has never ceased for over five thousand years.

Somewhat younger by comparison are the Israelites. We meet them on the screen at a stage most critical to their development. Though unbeknown to them at that particular time, they were to influence the history of the world. But in the thirteenth century B.C. they were still a simple, nomadic people, unsophisticated and without time or opportunity to fashion the material records that a settled life would have permitted them to leave for posterity. Yet they brought forth a Moses and, as the centuries went by, the Greater

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Acknowledgements iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction 1
  • The Historical Period 5
  • Moses 11
  • The Pharaohs 49
  • The Men and Women Of the Bible 63
  • The Holy Scriptures 73
  • The Army 89
  • Of Camels, Horses And Transportation 95
  • Building and Other Arts And Crafts 101
  • Costumes And Adornments 125
  • Food And Entertainment 159
  • Postscript 167
  • Bibliography 169
  • Libraries and Museums Consulted 177
  • Index 179
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