Shaw's Jesus and Judas

Stanley Weintraub

in Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037264
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041544 | DOI:
Shaw's Jesus and Judas

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Rediscovering his first, abortive attempt for the stage, written, astonishingly, in Shakespearean blank verse, in 1878 when he was twenty-one, Shaw called his failed start “A Passion Play.” He was an outspoken unbeliever, so while there is passion in his play, it is not eschatological Passion. Over a long lifetime, Shaw was absorbed by religion and by rebellion against the status quo. His well-researched Jesus reflects both qualities, and is a fully realized character even though the play was abandoned incomplete.

Keywords: Jesus; Christ; Judas; Mary; Pontius Pilate; passion; Bible; gospels

Chapter.  6356 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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