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Much Ado About Noah
Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 04/01/2014 3:26:20 AM PDT by Kaslin

It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That's progress of a sort.

The main complaint from critics of the film "Noah," which opened last Friday with an impressive opening day take of an estimated $44 million in ticket sales, is that it doesn't accurately reflect the rather slim biblical account in Genesis. Here's some breaking news for the critics: Noah didn't speak English, as Russell Crowe does in the film, so right there we have a departure from biblical accuracy. One should not turn to Hollywood for theological truth.

In his book "Hollywood vs. America," critic Michael Medved refers to the film industry as "The Poison Factory," not the "dream factory" it likes to call itself. There is plenty of evidence -- and he includes it in his book -- to support that conclusion, but there are also many independent films being made today that act as antidotes to that poison if people seek them out, buy tickets and spread the word.

"Heaven is for Real" is one such film. Based on the best-selling book by Todd Burpo, the movie was directed by Randall Wallace, an evangelical Christian who also directed "Secretariat" and wrote the screenplays for "Braveheart" and "Pearl Harbor."

Back to Noah. I asked Michael Medved about the film. He emailed me that while he believes the film is "surpassingly strange ... On balance," he says, he's "glad they made the film; unlike so much puerile pabulum from Hollyweird, this serious and seriously flawed offering gives thoughtful movie-goers plenty to talk about." He might have added that controversy also sell tickets, sometimes more than newspaper ads and movie trailers.

As for the storyline (the real one), what we know from Genesis is that God considered Noah a "righteous man." For that reason Noah and his family (and the animals) would be spared so they could repopulate the Earth after the flood. God's reason for wiping out what He had created was because "every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time" (Genesis 6:5). From there we get a weather report of rain for 40 days and 40 nights, the opening of the Earth's floodgates, a dove going out to see if the water had receded and God providing a rainbow as a sign of His promise never to flood the Earth again. That's it at warp speed.

While dramatic enough, there are not enough additional details to sustain a movie plot long enough for people to finish their overpriced candy bars, tubs of popcorn and supersized Cokes or justify the obscene ticket prices ($16.50 in NYC). Some critics claim there is a heavy environmental message in the film, which undercuts the power of the real story. Aren't there subtle and not so subtle messages in most films?

After decades in which Hollywood mostly ignored or stereotyped faith, Christians should be happy they have gotten the film industry's attention. Successful films like "The Passion of the Christ," "The Bible" and "Son of God" prove that such stories "sell." Instead of nitpicking over "Noah," the Christian community should not only be cheering, but buying tickets to encourage more such movies. Hollywood may not always get it right, but that's not the point. They are getting something and that sure beats not getting anything, or getting it completely wrong as in Martin Scorsese's blasphemous, "The Last Temptation of Christ."

Besides, after some see "Noah," they might want to visit the "original cast." The next time a rainbow appears might be the right occasion to begin a discussion.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: christianity; hollywood; noahthemovie

1 posted on 04/01/2014 3:26:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Wow, a good word for the “Noah” movie by Cal Thomas!


2 posted on 04/01/2014 3:31:00 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

Went to see God’s Not Dead and I noticed along with it, Noah and Son of God were playing. And Heaven Is For Real is opening soon.

They wouldn’t be making these movies if they didn’t think people were interested. Maybe - just maybe - there is hope for us yet.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 3:31:08 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

Saw it yesterday. Thought provoking despite the variances from scripture. It is INSPIRED by the story of Noah, not to be an accurate accounting of same. Clearly stated. Artistic wiggle room there. Will give many the opportunity to look in the real account and many might for the first time. That is not bad.

Well acted and interesting that no animals were used in film. All CG. Glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers.

Again nothing can pass the scrutinizing of the perfect purists whether it be movies, politicians, faith walks.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 3:37:43 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
God's Not Dead is Excellent! It will be criticized by hate-filled anti-Christians! But, no one can deny that it shows a huge difference in atheists and theists. Those who embrace Christianity find "Joy". Those who deny it find "bitterness" and a need to prove others are wrong! No joy!
5 posted on 04/01/2014 3:39:23 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (I think I'm a Republican, but (watching our representatives) I can't quite figure out what that is!)
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To: Kaslin


6 posted on 04/01/2014 3:41:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that Noah in the pic? Not too bad for a 600 year old man.


7 posted on 04/01/2014 3:48:13 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

What shocked me was the list of cases at the end of the movie where colleges/universities have been sued in freedom of religion matters. I knew there were several, but was not aware there were so many.

I do remember the Florida school where the professor told students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomp on it. I’m just glad my daughter went to a real Christian university.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 3:54:31 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

'Noah' Review: Brilliantly Sinister Anti-Christian Filmmaking

When atheist director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky promised that his epic "Noah" would be "the least biblical film ever made," that was not hyperbole. "Noah" is a brilliant, compelling, beautifully-mounted, beautifully-acted piece of storytelling conceived for the sinister purpose of leading people to believe that Christianity and Judaism are something they are not.

And I ask you, could anything make Satan happier than something that leads people to believe they are saved when they are not?

I have absolutely no problem with a filmmaker taking a biblical story and adding or subtracting from it as a way to craft a compelling film.

[...]

What does matter, though, is The Message. The Message is everything. And this is where Aronofsky is the snake in the garden. Using $135 million, he and Paramount have brilliantly and deviously disguised the Pagan god Gaia as the God of the Old Testament … as THE God.

And let's give the Devil his due: using the story of Noah to twist Christianity into something it is not, is a genius piece of propagandizing that is sure to lead many away from God under the mistaken belief that through left-wing environmentalism they are coming closer to Him.  

Aronofsky is the anti-Michelangelo: a master craftsman using his talents to a dishonest and wicked end.  

9 posted on 04/01/2014 3:59:19 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Kaslin

A collection of FREEPER threads on the movie - Noah ...

Religious tide turns against ‘Noah’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138393/posts

Noah: a classic blunder
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138403/posts

Nine problems with the movie “Noah”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138569/posts

Don’t Get Punked by Paramount’s Pagan Noah Film
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138604/posts

Noah – The Emperor’s New Movie (The Utter Embarrassing Mess of ‘Noah’)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3138663/posts

‘Noah’ Review: Brilliantly Sinister Anti-Christian Filmmaking
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138716/posts

Noah, The Film: All Washed Up
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts

Box Office: ‘Noah’ Winning Over Faith-Based and Mainstream Moviegoers
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138788/posts

No meat at ‘Noah’ party
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138805/posts

The Noah Movie: Our Detailed Review [Christian Review]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138815/posts

The Noah Movie: Deconstructing Noah’s Ark; Godawful Storytelling
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138821/posts

Atheist ‘Noah’ director brags film is least biblical Bible movie ever
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138830/posts

Moviegoers Are Thinking Things Over After Earthquake Hits During ‘Noah’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138838/posts

Ken Ham: The Unbiblical ‘Noah’ Is a Fable of a Film
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138844/posts

Box Office: Moviegoers Flock to ‘Noah’… But Hate It
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138851/posts

BOX OFFICE: ‘Noah’ Rises, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises As Schwarzenegger Brought To Knees
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138858/posts

Ray Comfort Releases Christian Noah Movie: Watch ‘Noah and the Last Day’ on YouTube for Free
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138946/posts

The midrashiest midrash that ever was midrashed [a spoiler-free “Noah” review]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138958/posts

If Christians Are Going to Complain About The Movie Noah, Then Create Something Better
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3138974/posts

Noah is the Most Unpopular Movie in Current Release (Despite Topping the Box Office)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3139042/posts

The Noah film is afloat with extremism
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3139267/posts

Pastors Enchanted by Hollywood’s Courting Lead Christians to Patronize “Noah” Propaganda Film
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3139548/posts

I’m a Christian and I think ‘Noah’ deserves a four star review
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3139550/posts


10 posted on 04/01/2014 4:07:00 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Kaslin

People who don’t understand the importance of staying true to the written Word in any context do not understand the importance of the written Word.

Sorry, Cal. This movie is terribly wrong.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 4:26:38 AM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: Kaslin

Noah....about 2500 BC.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 4:34:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Bratch

Christianity didn’t exist in the time of Noah.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 4:35:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Christ did.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 4:59:30 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Sacajaweau; Bratch

Jesus very specifically included the account of NOAH in Christianity. He gave that as an example of how it would be again, when the next WORLD-WIDE JUDGEMENT comes down again, at the return of Jesus, himself.

AND ... in fact Jesus said that the entirety of the Old Testament (the law, prophets and writings) is about HIM.

So Jesus, Himself, made it all about Christianity.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 5:07:27 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Sacajaweau
Christianity didn’t exist in the time of Noah.

I'd say that Christianity began in Genesis 3:15 when the promise was given to our fallen parents that there would be a Redeemer (the Messiah, aka the Christ, the Anointed One). The Seed of the Woman who would crush the head of the serpent, and free mankind from the curse of sin and death,
Through the ages, Mankind continued to look for Him - and Wise men found Him (as He said, 'if he seek me, you will find me').

So 'official' Christianity was ushered in at the Incarnation and Resurrection - but many were trusting in His finished work long before.

16 posted on 04/01/2014 5:08:46 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Kaslin

The movie, “Noah” is to the real Noah what “Abraham Lincolnd, Vampire Hunter” was to Abraham Lincoln.

I suppose once you view from that perspective it’s possible it’s a pretty good movie.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 5:20:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Bratch; Kaslin; All
Good review here:

NOAH

It's not that it just takes artistic license. It's that it is a lousy movie, period.

18 posted on 04/01/2014 5:21:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Graybeard58

Is that Noah in the pic? Not too bad for a 600 year old man.


Well, it is argued that before the flood there was a very heavy cloud cover over the earth and the ozone layer was substantially thicker. It’s why nobody had ever seen a rainbow (or direct sunlight or stars and the moon) until after the planet wrecking termoil of the cause of the great flood.


19 posted on 04/01/2014 5:23:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Raycpa

Christ did.


Christ “does”.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 5:23:52 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Graybeard58

Actually, that’s Tubal-Cain, the bad guy of the film, the meat-eating, gun-toting, property taking, murderous scum; and note he has Satan’s shed snakeskin on him.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 5:44:00 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Star Traveler

good list but you left out the best review ever of noah:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3138965/posts


22 posted on 04/01/2014 6:03:35 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

I was there on that thread ... so I don’t know how I left it out. I’m adding it to the list ... :-) ...

Here is a list on Free Republic, too about NOAH ...
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/noahthemovie/index


23 posted on 04/01/2014 6:14:07 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Sacajaweau; Bratch; Raycpa; El Cid; cuban leaf

Here are some references to this ...

Matthew 24:37-39

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Luke 24:

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

...

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”

45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And also, the prophetic Word from God, in the Garden of Eden about the coming one who is to provide salvation to the world and to all of creation ...

Genesis 3:14, 15

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”


24 posted on 04/01/2014 6:20:52 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Kaslin
Cal Thomas does not like the controversy? I don't think Cal gets it; the controversy has people looking into the Bible too. Long live the (verbal) controversy! When controversy about the Bible and its parts end, it will be the Second Coming.
25 posted on 04/01/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT by celmak
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To: DollyCali
Will give many the opportunity to look in the real account and many might for the first time.

Yeah, that will happen....lol. People don't research anything...they believe Hollyweird blindly....

26 posted on 04/01/2014 6:27:02 AM PDT by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: cuban leaf

What He did was “once for all” - his death for our sins. I think that’s what the OP is referring to.

Christianity differs from all other religions in the difference between the words “do” and “done”. All others are about what you “do”; Christianity is about what Christ has “done” for us.


27 posted on 04/01/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

The studio and the director made a liberal, leftist, ‘green’, global warming and enviro-whacko PROPAGANDA HIT PIECE against the foundations of Christianity and the Bible — and instead, sneaking in their enviro-whacko IDEOLOGY as the basis of the movie!

Dennis Prager, in the following Freeper posting, explains what is going on, in our culture. This movie NOAH is a prime example of how that works.

Judaism, Christianity, Environmentalism
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3139589/posts


28 posted on 04/01/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

that was insane thread . totally unexpected.


29 posted on 04/01/2014 7:10:19 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

LOL ... I’m still on it ... just getting ready to do another reply ... :-) ...


30 posted on 04/01/2014 7:29:40 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Thorliveshere

Theologian Blasts Christian Leaders Fooled Into Endorsing Kabbalah, Gnostic Version of 'Noah'

Dr. Brian Mattson, a theologian with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen  who now serves as Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership, has written a scathing review of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" that takes special aim at the numerous Christian leaders who endorsed a film  "direct from Kabbalist and Gnostic sources" that has zero to do with the Bible.

"This was a thoroughly pagan retelling of the Noah story direct from Kabbalist and Gnostic sources," Mattson writes.   

Mattson reminds that the "subject matter" of Arnofosky's debut film, "Pi," was Kabbalah, so it makes sense that he was already familiar with it. Moreover, a number of moments in the film that at first seemed like artistic flourishes -- a glowing Adam and Eve, the serpent skin Noah wraps around his arm -- all have a basis in either Kabbalah or Gnosticism:

The world of Gnostic mysticism is bewildering with a myriad of varieties. But, generally speaking, they hold in common that the serpent is “Sophia,” “Mother,” or “Wisdom.” The serpent represents the true divine, and the claims of “The Creator” are false.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 8:14:28 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Graybeard58
Not too bad for a 600 year old man.

Years were lots shorter then; orbital speed was much higher until the near collisions with...slowed it down. It also caused the flood and a later pass caused the plagues of Egypt.

Worlds in Collision, Velikovsky, 1950.

32 posted on 04/01/2014 9:20:25 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: El Cid

In reality, John Chapter 1 is its real begining.


33 posted on 04/01/2014 10:54:28 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Bratch

Was the Kabbalah really part of Jewish history though?


34 posted on 04/01/2014 10:56:19 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: El Cid

In “prophecy” yes. The real start of the Christian faith is John 1.


35 posted on 04/01/2014 10:59:18 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin
I asked Michael Medved about the film. He emailed me that while he believes the film is "surpassingly strange ... On balance," he says, he's "glad they made the film; unlike so much puerile pabulum from Hollyweird, this serious and seriously flawed offering gives thoughtful movie-goers plenty to talk about."

Yes, like "Hey, Bob, did you know Noah wanted to kill his grandchildren, and there were rock people?"

If that isn't "Hollyweird", I don't know what is. If people are going to talk about Noah, it should be for the right reasons. Without a single mention of God in that movie, conversation for the right reasons will be very difficult.

36 posted on 04/01/2014 11:03:19 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: El Cid; Biggirl

Genesis 1:26 contains the first reference to Christ, indirectly, as God refers to Himself in the plural:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

As for the first Christians, Acts 11:26 is the first reference to Christians actually being called by that name, at Antioch.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 11:14:01 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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