On the "Passion of the Christ"
Exploring the Issues Raised by the Controversial Movie
Edited by Paula Fredriksen
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On the Passion of the Christ by Paula Fredriksen
Book DescriptionThe Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, was a commercial success of astonishing proportions, ranking as one of the highest grossing films of all time. It also unleashed a torrent of controversy and debate, provoking passionate responses, both negative and positive, from people of widely divergent backgrounds and beliefs. Exposing fundamental differences of opinion about everything from the historical reliability of gospel stories to the political power of Hollywood, the film continues to stir up accusations of anti-Semitism, gratuitous violence, and gross misrepresentation of the Bible. This book--whose contributors include theologians, journalists, academics, and clergy from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish traditions--provides a wide spectrum of views and backgrounds. The essays consider the historical and ethical conundrums presented by the New Testament in general and by The Passion of the Christ in particular. The contributors' discussions range from the film's theological and historical underpinnings, to its cinematic and cultural implications, to the issues surrounding the millennia-long question "Who really killed Jesus?"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520248533
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paula Fredriksen
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Ancient Christians invoked sin to account for an astonishing range of things, from the death of God's son to the politics of the Roman Empire that worshipped him. This book tells the story of early Christian concepts of sin, exploring the ways that sin came to shape ideas about God no less than about humanity.
Jesus, Judaism and Christian Anti-Judaism, Paperback (November 2002)
While academic writing can be obscure and popular writing can be uncritical, this group of experts have striven to write as simply and clearly as possible on several hotly contested topics in biblical studies.
From Jesus to Christ, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Paula Fredriksen
Paul Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached.
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Author Biography - Paula Fredriksen
Paula Fredriksen is Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University. She is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (National Jewish Book Award for Interfaith Relations), and From Jesus to Christ (Yale Governors' Award, Best Book). She has appeared as featured speaker in the PBS documentary From Jesus to Christ and served as historical consultant for the BBC production The Lives of Jesus and for U.S. News and World Report's "The Life and Times of Jesus."
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