The Covenant: The Story of My People DVD
- Director: Elizabeth and Robert Muren
- Producer: Elizabeth and Robert Muren & The Jerusalem Pavilion
- Languages: English
- Dove Approved: Dove Family Approved
- Release Date: 9/9/09
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Screen Format: WS
- Closed Captioning: Yes
- Region Code: A See More
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The Covenant: The Story of My People
The Covenant: The Story of My People is the story of the Jewish people, beginning with the Bible times and ending in 1948. It details the journey of the Jewish people throughout the Bible and then throughout history in past years. This movie brings to life the pain of Egyptian slavery through the eyes of Moses' mother as she put him in a basket and into the Nile, trusting in God. Follow Ruth as she pledges to remain faithful to Naomi and her God, demonstrating an amazing faith. The turmoil of the Jews in Babylonian exile is real and vivid, showcasing the emotions of those in exile. Face the challenge of confronting the king with Esther as she risks her life to save her people, and see the suffering of the Jews in Jerusalem under the Roman authority. In the dark and emotional times following this, The Covenant takes a closer look at the Shabbat tables of the persecuted Jewish families in Diaspora, ending in the Warsaw ghetto, and finally taking a look at the holocaust and the long awaited rebirth of the Jewish state in 1948. This film brings to life the struggles of the Jewish people and the pain they endured for their purpose. The Covenant: The Story of My People is a raw and beautiful film that explains the history of the Jewish people.
Diaspora and the Exile of the Jews
The Covenant: The Story of My People follows the lives of the Jewish people from Bible times to the promise of rebirth in 1948. It concentrates on the Diaspora, or the dispersion of the Jews. Throughout the lives of the people, they went through many periods of exile and expulsion from their homeland. This includes the Assyrian exile, the Babylonian exile, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the Holocaust.
In approximately 740 BC, the Israelites who lived in ancient Samaria were overtaken by the Assyrians. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was conquered and overtaken by the Neo-Assyrian monarchs. The Israelites were forced to resettle as captives of Assyria, driving them out of their kingdom and their homeland. The Southern Kingdom was not overtaken, just besieged. This started a long and grueling pattern of exile for God's people as they were thrown out of their homeland time and time again and forced to resettle elsewhere.
Before the Assyrian exile, they had to endure the Babylonian exile. This exile was when the people of the Kingdom of Judah became captives in Babylonia. King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, besieged Jerusalem in order to get King Jehoiakim's tribute in his fourth year of reigning. This was forced respect, and was completely unfair to the Israelites. Once again, they were driven out of their homeland and forced to live in captivity. After Babylon fell to King Cyrus the Great in 539 BC, the exiled Jews began to return to their homeland of Judah. Each of these exiles had a great impact on the spread of Judaism throughout the world.
The Covenant: The Story of My People also ventures into the ghettos during the Holocaust and explores the great impact that this had on the Jewish people. God's chosen people were once again targeted and unfairly treated, this time by Hitler and the Nazis. This film focuses specifically on the Warsaw ghetto, one of the largest ghettos. Before the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Warsaw was a major center of Jewish life and culture. However, after the Nazis invaded Poland, the place that formerly housed many fun times and good memories for the Jews became a prison for them. They were forced into the worst of living conditions and were not allowed to leave the ghetto. They could not escape the terrifying reign of Nazi power in Warsaw.
Historians estimate that the amount of Jews living in the Warsaw ghetto was over 400,000. The Warsaw ghetto was only 1.3 square miles, resulting in an average of 7.2 persons per room. The conditions were extremely cramped, resulting in much sickness. If one person contracted a disease, it was likely to be passed to all the others because of the tight living situation. They were forced into this sealed off area and were closely monitored to ensure that they did not try to run away. A ten foot wall surrounded the ghetto and was topped with barbed wire. The Jewish council that was appointed by the Germans was forced to figure out how to provide the people with enough food and livable conditions. Their job was completely impossible, and the Germans refused to help them. These organizations and councils worked extremely hard to make life in the ghetto as pleasant as possible. Together, in ghettos all around the world, they managed to keep the Jewish people alive and sustain them through World War II. Their job was extremely vital to the survival of the population.
The Covenant: The Story of My People chronicles the history of God's chosen people, the Israelites. Not only does the film show the journey and the hardships they had to endure in Bible times, it also follows the Jews into the Holocaust and the terrible living conditions they were forced into during World War II. This film will please anyone looking to know more about the history of the Jewish people. It shows the trials and the triumphs of the Israelites, and the great faith they had to have in order to survive such tough times. Their faith sustained them and allowed them to be refined by the fire of rejection and turmoil. Throughout it all, God held them up and supported them on their journey. This film is a beautiful testament of God's faithfulness in dire circumstances as well as the good times.
The Covenant: The Story of My People is not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. This film is considered suitable for most audiences but does contain some intense scenes and thematic material. It is always recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their family.