This is an excellent film, but it has a severe problem.

I have seen many movies where screenwriters insist, or imply, that it is based on the biblical story. This 2005 film, “Joseph and His Brethren,” wins the prize, if you can call it that. It is the first movie of its kind that I saw where there is absolutely no incident, none, that is like what is in the Bible. It is as if the screenwriters are mocking God if you believe the Bible is from God or belittling the sages who wrote it if you think the Bible was inspired. They rewrote the tale, changed everything, added drama and a love story, and presented us with the gift of their improved inspiration, implying, “We can do it better.”

Despite this, as they desired, the movie is a good story, not biblical but exciting, emotional, dramatic, and with excellent acting.

However, it is not better than the Bible, and lacks the multiple nuances that biblical commentators see in the biblical version. These nuances teach readers lessons that inspire them to improve, be all they can be, and treat all that has been created as they want to be treated.

One interesting screenwriter twist is that Joseph is furious at his family because he was sold into slavery in Egypt. He imprisons one of his brothers and allows his guards to whip his brother repeatedly. Even after Joseph’s wife begs him to stop the torture, he does not order it to cease.

As a love interest, the screenwriters invented a tale of Joseph advising a woman when her dad was killed. She falls in love with him, and they marry. In the Bible, Pharaoh gives Joseph a priest’s daughter as his wife.

Regarding adding drama, Joseph advises Pharaoh how to defeat an invading army, an event absent from the Bible.