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Adele Reinhartz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.001.0001

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Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

(p.3) 1 Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen
Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Jesus movies are to be viewed as “biopics”, that is, biographical films. As such, they follow the narrative template common to this genre and make a claim to authenticity or historical accuracy at least to some degree. What they do best, however, is provide a vehicle through which filmmakers can address contemporary concerns. This chapter explains the biopic genre and provides a historical introduction to the major Jesus films that will be considered in the study.

Keywords:   biographical film, Jesus of Nazareth, biblical epics, biblical musicals, silent movies, movie adaptations

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