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The Bible in Film – The Bible and Film

  • Editor(s): J. Cheryl Exum
  • Publisher: Br~ (2006)
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 201
  • ISBN-10: 9004151907
  • ISBN-13: 9789004151901
  • Format: PDF

Exploring the interface between the Bible and film offers exciting opportunities for both biblical scholars and moviegoers alike. The eleven contributors to this provocative and wide-ranging collection deal critically and creatively both with films about the Bible and biblical characters, including the recent controversial The Passion of the Christ, and with a wide range of contemporary films in which biblical themes play a significant, and sometimes surprising, role.

The present volume originally appeared as a special issue of the journal Biblical Interpretation and is being published in book form in response to the widespread interest in the subject of the Bible and film on the part of biblical scholars and students in recent years. The remarkable success of a film like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ may have surprised some critics, but it testifies to the power of the Bible and biblical themes to attract widespread public interest and curiosity. Film is an extremely and increasingly influential medium, and the Bible is an influential text, both as read for itself and as it has entered the Western consciousness. Clearly, therefore, there is fruitful ground to explore in the interface between them. By featuring articles on a range of topics, each of which in its own way subjects connections between the Bible and its representation through film to careful and critical scrutiny, the present volume seeks to further this important area of inquiry.

Investigations of the Bible as it is represented in film typically take two directions: analysis of films that retell or re-present the biblical story (from the biblical epics of the 50s and 60s to the recent extraordinarily successful The Passion of the Christ) or recast it (e.g., Jesus of Montreal and perhaps, arguably, The Life of Brian) and analysis of themes and allusions or character types in mainstream cinema, often, though not necessarily, where viewers themselves seem to find them (such as in The Matrix or Star Wars). The division of the present volume in two parts, ‘The Bible in Film’ and ‘The Bible and Film’, is intended to represent these two main directions, without, however, denying the overlap that exists between them.

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