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Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites (2003)

TV-G | | Documentary, History | TV Movie 2003
In 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah - the Israelites - to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites... See full summary »


Carl Byker, Mitch Wilson

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Credited cast:
F. Murray Abraham ... (voice)
Rene Auberjonois ... (voice)
Jake Borowski Jake Borowski ... Student
Keith David ... Narrator (voice)
Glenn Hoeffner Glenn Hoeffner ... Moses
Jeremy Irons ... (voice)
Derek Jacobi ... (voice)
Ben Maccabee ... Roman Soldier (as Benjamin Maccabee)
Benjamin Mueller Benjamin Mueller ... The Glass Blowers Son
Blythe Mueller Blythe Mueller ... Jewish Child
Molly Mueller Molly Mueller ... Jewish Woman
Channing Swift Channing Swift ... Archer
Teresa Swift Teresa Swift ... Villager
Tony Voci ... Roman Soldier


In 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah - the Israelites - to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites were taken into exile and vanished forever. Now the Judeans, too, seem destined to disappear. They fight back, however, by writing a book. Using Judean stories from the past to explain present disastrous situations, the book becomes the earliest edition of the most influential work in history: the Bible. This episode introduces the early and profoundly influential figures of Judaism: Abraham, who is the first to recognize the concept of one God; Moses, who receives the Ten Commandments from God; and David, whose sins teach the Israelites that no one is above the law of God. Written by Anonymous

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2003 (USA) See more »

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Empires: Kingdom of David - The Saga of the Israelites See more »


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$200,000 (estimated)
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Absolutely no objectivity
20 January 2010 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Since this is a documentary, I don't think there is any such thing as a spoiler. This review is designed for a documentary.

Byker has a definite agenda, and is very heavy handed in proclaiming History as what he decides it is. This is very usual for historians. And it makes for poor History, since only those who partake of certain views are allowed to pass college courses by professors. I've been there. I know.

First, the title is as misleading as you can get. There is a small piece about David, and almost nothing about the kings who follow.

In fact, Byker proclaims that most of the Old Testament figures are merely concoctions of Ezra and other later writers. The evidence he cites doesn't even begin to support that statement.

Likewise, neither does his evidence support any of his claims. He merely wants to write History the way he wants to write a fictional story. This is a pathetic documentary.

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