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Jesus and Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History (Kathleen E Corley Robert L Webb (eds)) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2004) 9780826477811
Jesus and Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History (Kathleen E Corley Robert L Webb (eds)) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2004) 9780826477811
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Title: Jesus and Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History

Author: Corley, Kathleen E Robert L Webb (eds)

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9780826477811

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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Is Mel Gibson's The Passion "pious pornography" or devotional artistry? The lead-off essays in this collection, by popular Jesus researcher John Dominic Crossan and British New Testament scholar Mark Goodacre, will remind readers that on this question, as with nearly everything connected with Jesus of Nazareth, scholars can be depended upon to disagree. For Crossan, The Passion presents a "vision of a savage God" animated by anti-Semitism (Jesus and his disciples are never shown wearing yarmulkes, whereas the Jewish leaders are). For Goodacre, the film can be seen as "an extraordinarily powerful vision" in which the anti-Semitic tendencies of Gibson's sources have been muted (Gibson presents the sympathetic figure of Simon as a Jew, though some traditional sources have identified him as a pagan). Unfortunately, the remaining essays in this book, by an even-handed assortment of scholars, rarely equal Crossan's and Goodacre's incisive arguments. Nearly all the writers concur on a few points: Gibson adds and subtracts freely from the gospel texts, and depends heavily on the 19th-century mystic Catherine Emmerich. Ultimately, they say, his work must be judged as art, not history. But these nuggets of insight are obscured by pedantic writing and wooden interpretations that rarely do justice to Gibson's own passionate, provocative filmmaking. Contents1 Introduction: The passion, the Gospels and the claims of history 2 Hymn to a savage God 3 The power of The passion: reacting and over-reacting to Gibson's artistic vision 4 The flashbacks in The passion: story and discourse as a means of explanation 5 The betrayal of Jesus and the death of Judas 6 Satan and the demons 7 Mary and the other women characters 8 The Jewish leaders 9 Pilate and the Romans 10 The trials of Jesus 11 The procession and the crucifixion 12 The passion in the history of Jesus films 13 The passion, classical art and re-presentation 14 The passion and the influence of Emmerich's The dolorous passion of our Lord Jesus Christ 15 Conclusion: The passion, the Gospels and the claims of history
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