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Jesus of Hollywood$
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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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Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Gospels assert that Jesus is not the son of Joseph but of God, and point to Jesus' miracles, God's declarations, and other aspects of Jesus' extraordinary life as evidence for his divine sonship. The challenge for filmmakers lies in the visual nature of the film medium. How to illustrate this extraordinary paternity on the silver screen, when God as such cannot be portrayed visually? The biopics also employ a variety of techniques, including symbolism (e.g., lighting), and the portrayal of Jesus' miraculous deeds. A number of films also explore the possibility of skepticism — on the part of the audience and even on Jesus' part — regarding Jesus' divine identity.

Keywords:   theology, miracles, faith, resurrection, Satan, humanity, messiah, Son of God

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