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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
|Publication Date: 2007|
Movies about the life of Jesus continue to be a fascinating way to consider how the Gospels present an image and a narrative of Jesus. In Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination, Jeffrey Staley and Richard Walsh use their biblical knowledge and admiration for films to summarize eighteen popular Jesus movies and to show exactly where each movie parallels the Gospel accounts of Jesus's life. The authors provide teachers and students easy access to both Gospel and film parallels, enhancing the value of these select films as teaching tools and useful resources for pastors, those leading discussions of films, and libraries.
Author: Jeffrey Staley
Located in: Bothell WA
Submitted: October 15, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I teach New Testament at Seattle University, in Seattle Washington. I have taught courses using "Jesus films" for the past twenty years, and for the past three years have taught a course called "Hollywood Jesus" that focuses exclusively on Jesus films.
What was your motivation behind this project? To provide students and teachers with an easily accessible guide to Jesus movies and DVD extras. The book consists of twenty chapters, eighteen of which are devoted to Jesus films available on DVD, beginning chronologically with Zecca and Nonquet's 1905 "The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ" and ending with Gibson's 2004 "The Passion of the Christ." Each chapter devoted to a film follows the same format: Plot summary, memorable characters, memorable visuals, key Scriptures, cultural location/genre, director, DVD extras and DVD chapters. The book devotes individual chapters to four films which have not previously been the focus of independent chapters in any book: Zecca and Nonquet's 1905 "The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ," Greene's 1973 "Godspell," Young's 1999 "Jesus," Hayes's 1999 "The Miracle Maker," and Saville's 2003 "The Gospel of John." The book also includes a thirteen-page, double-column "Gospels Harmony of Jesus Films on DVD," where one can find, for example, what four films include the "Parable of the Good Samaritan" and the precise hour/minute/second the parable can be found in each film.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A deeper knowledge of wide range of Jesus movies available on DVD, their historical setting and theological and cultural importance.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Working on this book gave me a great appreciation for film directors--even the ones who produce lousy films, have to be quite intelligent to keep track of so many things at one time!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The book is intended for honors-level high school seniors and college underclassmen, but teachers, pastors, and college professors will find it valuable for research, classroom and church use.