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Jesus of Hollywood$
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Adele Reinhartz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.001.0001

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Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen

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(p.3) 1 Introduction: From Holy Scripture to Silver Screen
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Jesus of Hollywood
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Adele Reinhartz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.003.0001

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

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