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Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz


This book is a study of the movies made about Jesus, from the earliest silent films through to Mel Gibson's 2004 The Passion of the Christ. Its main argument is that these movies fit into the “biopic” (biographical film) genre and they tell the story of Jesus according to the standard biopic template. The Jesus biopics exhibit three principal characteristics. First, they make a claim to historicity or historical authenticity. Second, and at the same time, they undermine that claim in ways that are both subtle and overt. Third, they use the Jesus story as a lens through which to view and to wor ... More

Keywords: New Testament, Christianity, film studies, biopics, historical film, gender, sexuality

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195146967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adele Reinhartz, author
McMaster University
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