The Ten Commandments

A biblical epic depicting Moses and the Hebrew journey from slavery to freedom and the knowledge of God’s law.

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Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 portrayal of Moses and the Hebrew people is a classic that continues to resonate with today’s audiences.

This film is about great political themes, such as the liberation of slaves ancient and modern and the quest for civil rights. But it also helps us understand the purpose of law, and that even with political freedom, we can become slaves to our sins.

This study discusses these themes of freedom and slavery, and the will and law of God.

Discussion Guide

    • Movie Summary

    • Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*

—Freedom and Slavery
(Leviticus 25:8–13; Luke 4:14–21; Romans 6:15–23; 1 Corinthians 7:20–23; Galatians 5:13–14; Ephesians 6:5–9; Philippians 2:5–11)
—Identity and the Image of God
(Genesis 1:26–30; 9:5–6; Exodus 4:10–17; 1 Samuel 16:6–7; Acts 10:34–36; Galatians 3:26–29; James 1:9–10)
—God’s Will and the Law
(Exodus 3:18–20; 10:25–28; Isaiah 45:5–7; Jeremiah 1:4–5; Matthew 12:46–50; Acts 17:22–31; Romans 2:12–16; James 4:13–17)
    • As the Credits Roll

Based On

The Ten Commandments (Paramount, 1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille, screenplay by Aeneas Mackenzie, Jesse L. Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, and Fredric M. Frank, based on the Old Testament and novels by Rev. J. H. Ingraham, Rev. A. E. Southon, and Dorothy Clarke Wilson, rated G.

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