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I always wondered why....(spoiler)


No one killed Dathan sooner once the Hebrews were freed. I guess maybe because he's meant to be less of an actual person and more of a symbol of the faithlessness, selfishness and materialistic greed within all of us. It's harder to kill those things than it is to kill an actual person. Either way, he's always hard for me to stomach whenever I watch this, but I guess that's the whole point. The movie would be less successful in getting across its message without him.

"The storm cannot be stopped, but it can be survived.'"

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It would've been nice to see him get slice and diced early on. But you have to have the irritating antagonist around.

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I agree with this but, on the other hand, the actor that plays him is soooo great you almost hate to see him go .... 😀

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Good question I hate him lol.

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You have to look at it like this. The story of Moses was written out by God himself, each character has a purpose and a unique symbolism. Dathan saw Miracles, and yet he still could not see past his own selfishness. Dathan served a purpose. He is a warning.

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In his case, they reluctantly obeyed the commandment "Thou shalt not kill."

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