The Bible Collection: Abraham

Theatrical Release: December 12, 1994
DVD Release: November 14, 1995
The Bible Collection: Abraham


This episode of “The Bible Collection” tells the Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. God commanded him to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan and gave him the promise that, if he does so, his descendants will become a great and numerous tribe. His obedience, as well as that of his children and grandchildren, is severely tested as they prove their faith to God.

Dove Review

Abraham’s life, as portrayed throughout this film, is a vibrant retelling of his intimate walk with God. He lived in a time when people built, saw, held and worshiped many gods, yet he sought after the faithfulness of an unseen God. The ups and downs of his faith journey are powerfully depicted and not glossed over, nor made to seem trite. He was a real man with real struggles, and he wrestled with faith, doubt and the promises of Almighty God.

Even as God promised to make him a great nation, more plenteous than the stars in the heavens, Abraham’s wife remains barren and her womb is empty. Sarah brings her handmaiden, Hagar, to her husband and she becomes pregnant with child. Ishmael is born and Sarah’s spirit shatters, even though she had hoped Hagar’s child would fill her emptiness. Instead, Hagar’s heart hardens toward Sarah and she flaunts her son and the ability to give Abraham a child. Strife infiltrates every facet of their lives. God’s promise to give a child to Abraham and Sarah comes to pass in spite of a lack of faith, and Isaac enters the world as they are reaching old age. The child of promise is born, but peace remains far from the house of Abraham. He loves both of his sons but is forced to banish Ishmael and Hagar to the desert to fulfill Sarah’s wishes as she fears for Isaac’s life and future.

The complex story of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Hagar and Ishmael is told in a biblically true rendition of this age old story. The faithfulness of God to a man and his wife supersedes their struggle to believe the impossible. Abraham’s journey runs parallel to much of life today, with God’s grace, forgiveness and provision a timeless example of love through the ages.

“Abraham” allows viewers a unique opportunity to experience the life of an imperfect man, loved by a faithful God and portrayed in a powerful way. We are pleased to approve this film for viewers ages 12 and above.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Fight with swords; blood
Sex: Married couple in bed; sex between married man and handmaiden
Language: A-1
Violence: Fight with swords; blood
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Biblical animal sacrifice; childbirth


Company: Shout! Factory
Writer: Robert McKee
Director: Joseph Sargent
Producer: Lorenzo Minoli
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 187 min.
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens