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Description - Reading the Gospels in the Dark by Richard Walsh

The discourse begins in the theatre with the lights down low and the Jesus-films on the big screen. Walsh's commentary starts with the films themselves and the American Jesus(es) portrayed therein. Ironically, while we do not expect Jesus-films to "get Jesus or the gospels right," they do cast light on interesting literary and mythical features of the gospels - and on American culture. For example, Arcand's "Jesus of Montreal" offers fresh understanding of the apocalyptic discourse in Mark 13, and "Shane" and "Pale Rider" demonstrate that Americans desperately want a conquering hero who is not a capitalist or an imperialist to deal with their frustrations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781563383878
ISBN-10: 156338387X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Imprint: The Athlone Press
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion at Methodist College in Fayettevile, North Carolina, and is the author of Reading the Gospels in the Dark and co-editor with Aichele of Screening Scripture.

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