A biblical drama coming out in theaters just in time for Easter of 2023 is already breaking records, using a crowdfunding model to bring in a massive amount of funding dollars. The movie, coming out on March 31, 2023, is titled “His Only Son.”
It purports to be a “Biblically accurate” and “authentic” film about the story of Abraham and Isaac. Specifically, it is about the passage where Abraham was told by God to sacrifice Isaac but, at the last moment, was sent a ram to sacrifice instead. That controversial passage is Genesis 22, which says:
“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife.
“As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
“But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”
Angel Studios, the distributor of the film, noted that it is making history by creating a movie that will be released in theaters with only crowdfunding dollars, saying, “This is the first time a theatrical release has been crowdfunded in entertainment history.”
Further, Angel Studios CEO and co-founder Neal Harmon said “[C]rowdfunding for ‘His Only Son’ reached capacity in 100 hours – we are responding to the demand from the audience by at least tripling the theater count nationwide and throwing our most valuable marketing resources behind the film. The Angel Guild, made up of Angel investors from every show, have rated this film with one of the highest scores we have ever received in our system.”
Fox News Digital reports that “Early viewers of the film described it as “The Passion of the Christ” meets “The Chosen.”“
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