This coming Monday, my sixth-grade religious education class will move forward in our Old Testament exploration to encounter da man: Moses! The story of the Exodus/Passover event is the centerpiece of the Old Testament and Moses is the “standard of excellence” when it comes to OT characters!
With that in mind, we are going to begin by showing a good chunk (50 minutes) of The Prince of Egypt, beginning with the scene where Moses encounters the burning bush leading up to the end of the film. While no Hollywood version of biblical stories is perfect, this one is pretty good. In fact, I put together an outline of specifically where the film veers from Scripture so that as we process the story, we can point out the differences. I also put together a video discussion guide. Students are to have this in front of them as they view the video so that they are actively engaged and learning, not just being entertained:
The goal in showing this is to present the story in all its drama in a format that speaks to kids before we turn to the Bible to explore the story and its ramifications for our faith. Understanding the Exodus is key to understanding our Baptism, while understanding the Passover is key to our understanding of the Eucharist. Important stuff!