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A Pentecostal Passion Paradigm: The Invisible Framing of Gibson's Christ in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

Miranda Klaver

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239450
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239498 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0015

Series: Future of the Religious Past (FUP)

A Pentecostal Passion Paradigm: The Invisible Framing of Gibson's Christ in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

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This essay is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a Dutch Pentecostal church, a denomination that is typically taken to privilege the immediacy of experience over material and visual mediation. In this church, however, mostly because of the influence of Mel Gibson's blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ (2004), much attention is paid to the blood and suffering of Christ, in a way traditionally associated with Catholicism. This is because Pentecostal biblical literalism resonates well with the movie's hyperrealism and Gibson's claims about its historical authenticity. In this Pentecostal context, then, the blood of Christ has come to be understood as an embodied source of material power.

Keywords: Netherlands; Pentecostalism; Dutch Pentecostalism; Semiotic ideology; Materiality; Blood of Christ

Chapter.  7178 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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