In 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah - the Israelites - to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites were taken into exile and vanished forever. Now the Judeans, too, seem destined to disappear. They fight back, however, by writing a book. Using Judean stories from the past to explain present disastrous situations, the book becomes the earliest edition of the most influential work in history: the Bible. This episode introduces the early and profoundly influential figures of Judaism: Abraham, who is the first to recognize the concept of one God; Moses, who receives the Ten Commandments from God; and David, whose sins teach the Israelites that no one is above the law of God.
F. Murray Abraham, Rene Auberjonois, Jake Borowski, Keith David, Glenn Hoeffner, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Ben Maccabee, Benjamin Mueller, Blythe Mueller, Molly Mueller, Channing Swift, Teresa Swift, Tony Voci