Beasts of the Bible

DVD Release: May 28, 2010
Beasts of the Bible
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Synopsis

The Bible is full of strange and fantastic creatures. Legendary and horrific beasts like the Behemoth and Leviathan have captivated our imagination for centuries but did they really exist?

Welcome to the world of “Beasts of the Bible”, a new 90 minute documentary that explores the most extraordinary creatures in the Biblical tales. New investigations into the origins of these beasts have uncovered shocking truths. For centuries there have been monsters hiding from us in plain sight.

This documentary is an intensely visual experience. Using a variety of the latest CGI techniques, the film brings miraculous beasts to life. Some leap from the pages of medieval manuscripts while others manifest from the stars in the night sky, becoming “real” before our eyes. This eye-popping, myth-busting, film decodes ancient writings, unlocks the hidden meanings of symbols and legends, and uncovers the most famous and most mysterious “Beasts of the Bible.

Dove Review

Those in conservative realms would not be happy in viewing this DVD. It suggests that some things which have been accepted for many, many years as truth from the Bible, such as a snake once having walked on legs, is really not true. In fact, this DVD suggests it was a salamander! Some of the experts in this DVD suggest Jonah was not truly swallowed by a fish, a whale, but by a constellation above him, not anything below him! I always have a problem with these documentaries which tend to want to shock the viewer and educate him or her in how wrong he has been in believing certain things over the years. Another example of this is when the DVD states that Aaron’s staff produced crocodiles, not serpents, as is widely accepted. Also, some of the plagues of the Bible are said to have been other plagues other than what has been universally taught. I will say, on a positive note, that an animated film of Moses in the DVD is very nicely done, as is a nice animation of the cherubim.

Despite the fact the DVD includes a rabbi and various professors or experts, it also includes nudity, such as a photo of a nude woman which clearly reveals her bare breasts. There are various nude paintings of women which reveal breasts, some depictions of Eve. Shirtless men are seen as well. In addition, the theory of evolution is spoken of as a fact. Due to the fact that this DVD is controversial in nature regarding accepted biblical beliefs, and it includes upper female nudity, and controversial evolution comments, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this documentary.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H (as a place)-1
Violence: A snake is seen with a mouse in its mouth; a lion is seen attacking an animal; a vulture is seen eating a corpse.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; naked breasts including the nipples being seen.
Other: Controversial statements are made including the fact that Jonah could not have been swallowed by a large fish and regarding other widely accepted biblical beliefs; statements that demonstrate a strong evolutionary belief; a cherub is said to have included an eagle's face for years but it is stated in this documentary it was actually a vulture, another controversial statement.

Info

Company: Associated Producers LTD
Writer: Graeme Ball
Director: Graeme Ball
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: experts: Timothy Beal; Dr. Andy Orchard; Sara Poirier; Bry Loyst; Rabbi Natan Slifkin; Dr. Salima Ikram; Claudio Gallazzi; Dr. Aren Maeir; Loren Coleman
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter