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Afterword: Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz

in Jesus of Hollywood

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146967
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.003.0013
 Afterword: Jesus of Hollywood

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This chapter describes the progression from “Jesus of Nazareth” to “Jesus of Hollywood”, and summarizes the main conclusions of the previous chapters. If the historical Jesus of Nazareth was the unique and only Son of God as the Gospels proclaim, then Jesus of Hollywood is his opposite — multiple, diverse, and born of many parents. These include not only the directors of the Jesus biopics over the course of a century, but the numerous others professionals, including screenwriters, producers, camera operators, and costume and set designers, whose creative and technical work is essential for the production of any film. As the products of multiple authors, the biopic Jesuses have more in common with the main character of the Gospel narratives, who varies somewhat from text to text. Yet while some of the movie Saviors' actions and words resemble those attributed to Jesus in the Gospels, it is unlikely that the Evangelists would recognize their own particular Jesus in any of the films that have been discussed.

Keywords: historical Jesus; Gospels; biographical movies; contemporary values

Chapter.  2207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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