Now with more violence

Some people – even my own Momz! – requested more violence in Exodus 32: The Law, to better match the text. So I have obliged. You can see the carnage in the video starting around 3:20.

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Exodus 32: 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

6 thoughts on “Now with more violence”

  1. Wow, that is amazing ! I want to say “thank you”, but I feel weird thanking someone for violence :-/ So, er… thank you for biblical accuracy ?

  2. It is great but I think the original version has more tension and subtlety…just my opinion. 🙂

  3. I was reading through this, and I thought, OK, how do we know what conversation Moses had with Yahweh on the mountain?
    He had to have told people. He didn’t say “Hey, there was a discussion of a sensitive nature regarding the future of you lot, I can’t reveal that”.
    He instead told them, “Yahweh was really angry, he was going to fry you all over the calf thing, but I talked him out of it; you’re lucky only a few thousand got the sword, you’re welcome by the way”. And it seemed odd at first, since this seems like putting out information that portrays Yahweh in a really bad light, and why would Moses, as his representative, do that?

    But then I thought about it more, and realized no, this is Yahweh, he’s kind out out of control, he wants his people to be somewhat scared of him, and his enemies scared even more, right?
    And you want to know just how crazy the crazy the powerful, control-freak, unpredictable guy is; so you’ll try to be on his good side, do the right sacrifices, it’s less likely that he will do harm to you, and more likely that he will smite your enemies for you. In fact, he will help point out who your enemies are so that you can smite them together. So, even knowing that he’s impulsive and unpredictable, and doesn’t seem to think anything through, his people stay loyal, maybe even more so.

    And then I thought of Donald Trump.

  4. Hmm, in terms of deities, I think Trump is closer to Coyote or Loki (in Norse mythology, not the Avengers mythology). These gods are cruel tricksters — basically your standard 4chan trolls, but with real power. They can be dangerous, yes, but ultimately they do what they do just for the lulz. Yahweh, on the other hand, is actively malicious and megalomaniacal. He seeks total domination and subjugation, and has zero sense of humor.

  5. That`s great with a big hope to progress, than artists like Nina are making visible the essense of the old texts as it is. Violence is covering by words, but pictures make it visible to reveal the ugly truth as it was and as it is, so the desease could be detected and may be cured. Thank you Nina, your animation is Infographics itself, a metalanguage so vital for today. From “Sitha” to Exodus. It brings courage to continue progressive work no matter how today world was constructed, with attempts to make positive changes in right manner in right time. Would like to know you in person one day. Looking forward to the next animation.

  6. Save for the last para[graph]/line, it was classic Atheism 101: Anthropomorphilsm.


    It’s good that you were about to jump-the-shark..
    …But managed to pull-back.

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