Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

Adele Reinhartz

in Jesus of Hollywood

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146967
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785469 | DOI:
 Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

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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

Chapter.  7769 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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