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Moral effort is centered on inner spiritual transformation, not on sin and judgment. Service to others is primarily understood as teaching people to follow the words of the Savior and preaching the gospel of the Divine Realm.

The establishment of excessive laws and rules within the Christian community is understood as a tool for domination and is unnecessary for proper order. These teachings were no doubt shaped not only in conversation and controversy with other Christians, but also, as we will see, in the crucibles of ancient intellectual and social life among the diverse societies under Roman imperial rule.

The earliest extant Christian literature, the letters of Paul, documents the spread of Christianity through Asia Minor to the imperial capital of Rome itself during the first decades after the death of Jesus in Jerusalem.

When Gentiles encountered the teachings of Jesus, many of the earlier connections to Jewish faith and practice receded, while the belief systems and world views of the new Gentile Christians brought other issues to the fore.

Tensions over whether Gentiles who accepted Jesus needed to be circumcised or follow dietary laws gave way to other concerns. Some elements already in the Jesus tradition became more prominent, especially when they intersected with philosophical speculation and popular pieties. The Gospel of Mary provides one example of these kinds of Christianity.

The Gospel of Mary presents many familiar sayings of Jesus, but they are interpreted in a framework that may seem foreign to modern readers used to reading the literature of the New Testament as part two of the Bible, following the Hebrew Scriptures of the Old Testament. Interpreting the life and deeds of Jesus and his followers as the fulfillment of Hebrew Scriptures was crucial to early Christian claims that faith in Christ had superseded Judaism and indeed that Christians were the true Israel.

By the fourth and fifth centuries this perspective was able to claim the name of orthodoxy for itself and Th Body Bth World 39 condemn other views as heretical.

In contrast, the theology of the Gospel of Mary shows almost no ties to Judaism since it developed out of the thought world of Gentile philosophy. Yet the fact is that determining the proper relationship to Judaism became the single most important factor in distinguishing orthodoxy from heresy in the early period. Scholars themselves have been so influenced by the dominant orthodoxy that they have divided early Christianity into three basic types following this same factor.

I call this the Three Bears story of Christian origins; that is perhaps somewhat flippant, but the illustration works too well not to use it. Jewish Christianity is too much Judaism and takes too positive an attitude toward Jewish practices like Sabbath observance and synagogue attendance. Gnosticism is too little Judaism or takes too negative an attitude toward Jewish scriptures and traditions. While orthodoxy is just right, drawing a firm line between Christians and Jews while simultaneously appropriating Jewish scripture and tradition for its own by claiming that they can be properly interpreted only in the context of their fulfillment by Christ.

Jewish Christianity and Gnosticism are modern inventions that have allowed scholars to categorize the diversity of early Christianities into a simple and indeed simplistic scheme, dividing the tremendous diversity of early Christianity into two basic types: orthodox and heretical. This scheme emphasizes the differences between orthodox and heretical theologies, overlooking the many similarities that existed. The real situation was much more convoluted and complex than this binary division suggests.

Moreover, this scheme has allowed scholars almost effortlessly to classify the Gospel of Mary as a work of Gnostic heresy without looking carefully at what it is saying or striving to understand what it tells us about the development of early Christianity. One scholar even questioned whether the Gospel of Mary was Christian at all! Not only the works from Nag Hammadi 3 and the Berlin Codex, but the Gospel of the Savior recendy discovered in the Berlin Egyptian Museum 4 , a new version of the Gospel of Matthew from the Schoyen Codex,5 and other works not yet 40 T h e g o s p e l of.

The Gospel of Mary will play an important part in forging a new story. Historians and theologians will need to take great care in how this story is written.

Because orthodoxy has made the relationship to Judaism a central focus for denning Christian identity, the impact on Jewish-Christian relations must be a vital consideration.

Some would argue that a work like the Gospel of Mary, which presents a type of Christianity largely unaffected by ancient Judaism, could further an anti-Jewish stance within Christianity.

There is, however, no evidence of anti- Judaism within the Gospel of Mary itself, whereas the orthodoxy that developed in the fourth and fifth centuries was supersessionist by definition, and provided a basis for the gravely problematic dogma that God had rejected the particularism and literalism of Judaism in favor of Christianity's universal salvation and allegorical interpretation of Scripture.

The depictions of both Judaism and Christianity presupposed by this dogma are inaccurate stereotypes. As we know too well in the twenty-first century, this kind of Christian anti-Judaism has led to horrific anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic acts since the ascendancy of Christian hegemony under the late Roman empire.

Yet as Christian theologians continue to struggle against this heritage, my hope is that a more complex and more accurate history of early Christian development will strengthen their efforts while at the same time engaging the fact that Christianity in all its early forms was shaped within the pluralistic context of Greco-Roman society.

This realization is especially important since Christianity is now a world religion. Most Christians today live outside of Europe and North America, so that the teachings of Jesus continue to be read and interpreted in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

A complex history will take into account the situation of ancient pluralism in which ancient Christianity arose and, in so doing, may afford some insights into what it means to be a Christian in our own pluralistic world. My immediate point here, however, is a much smaller issue: that the prevailing orthodox view about the relationship of Christianity to Judaism, which we blithely characterize as the Judaeo-Christian tradition, was far from obvious to those by and for whom the Gospel of Mary was written.

Because Christian identity had not yet been fixed in an orthodox form, alternative interpretations of Jesus' teachings were simply a part of the dynamic processes by which Christianity was being shaped. It is one of these alternatives that we will be exploring here. Th Body a the World One way to imagine the Gospel of Mary is to ask how someone with little or no real knowledge of Judaism, but steeped in the world view of ancient philosophical piety, would hear the teaching of Jesus.

So powerful and pervasive is the prevailing perspective of orthodoxy that modern readers may well agree with Andrew that "indeed these teachings are strange ideas. They drew heavily upon popular Greek and Roman philosophy and piety, a fact obvious even in the canonical literature of the New Testament.

Although written in the second century, the Gospel of Mary reflects a stream of interpretation reaching far back into the early decades of first century Christianity. In order to imagine how the teachings of Jesus were heard among those for whom Platonism and Stoicism were common ways of thinking, it is important to give a brief overview of some of the ideas from those traditions that most strongly intersected with the Gospel of Mary's teaching. Centuries before the Gospel of Mary was written, Plato had argued that a true lover of wisdom cultivates the soul and is not concerned with the pleasures of the body.

Only through disciplining the body and avoiding as much as possible physical contacts and associations could the soul come to understand the truth of its own nature and the truth of Reality.

The first is the Divine Realm of Reality, the latter the mortal realm. Everything that is good and beautiful in the material world was made in the Image of the truly Good and Beautiful.

That which is mortal and evil, however, has no Image in the Divine Realm because mortality and evil have no place in it. This complex tradition is an issue or a stumbling block for the film artist who inevitably has to take a position in its regard. Some reject the tradition, some imitate it slavishly, some limit their contact to inspiration.

At the same time, the maker of the Jesus-film has to bear in mind that the Jesus tradition in the visual arts is also a stumbling l block for the audience. Most spectators come to any film about Jesus with a whole series of preconceived notions and feelings about him, based on their religious and intellectual upbringing: how Jesus looks and sounds, how he moves and acts, how he relates to people and situations.

This consideration is even more critical in the case of the spectator who is a believing and practicing Christian and whose world-view and life-choices are radically tied up with a personal spiritual existential experience of Jesus the Christ: it is highly unlikely that any filmic image of Jesus will be in full harmony with such a radically personal experience.

Then to this equation must be added a number of rather concrete practical considerations which have to do with the fact that film-making is a very public and very costly art form, that it exists and thrives in the context of a highly-structured socio-economic system of production and distribution.

A Jesus-film, but for that matter, any film, costs a great deal: investors have to be found willing to finance it and producers have to ensure that the finished product will give the investors a return on their investment. These precise economic realities clearly have an effect on every aspect of the Jesus-film, including the nature and the quality of the Jesus created and portrayed in the film.

Will the film be shot in the Middle East thus permitting the publicity campaign to claim it was filmed in the "authentic locations"? Will it fulfill the needs of the Spielberg-dependent filmgoers with spectacular, computergenerated effects, such as a virtual-reality Resurrection or at least a credible Sacred Heart? Will it recreate the authentic cultural-political ambience of first-century Palestine, the Pesach hymns at the Last Supper in Dolby quadraphonic sound?

To get to the heart of the matter, which actor will be assigned the role of Jesus? Putting a well-known, popular star in the robes of Jesus may ensure profits at the box-office, but it creates major problems for the image of the Jesus thus created: an actor with well-known precedents in the intense psychological dramas of Ingmar Bergman inevitably embodies a Jesus full of existential angst; a good-looking blond teenage heart-throb becomes a California-surfer Jesus, the New York-bred, -trained and -accented method actor creates a confused, neurotic Jesus.

But are any of the portraits of Jesus created by these high profile actors capable of embodying, in any adequate way, the Jesus Christ of the Gospel and of the Christian tradition? Or does 6 The Jesus-Film their high-profile idiosyncratic "performance" not in fact get in the way of such an authentic embodiment? The century-old history of the Jesus-film demonstrates a wide variety of attempted solutions to these problems.

There is, for example, the use of nonprofessional or unknown actors, the creation of subplots to fill in the elliptical gaps in the Gospel accounts, the imitation of popular sacred drama, or the representation of Jesus by metonomy. In this latter case, the camera "sees" Jesus only from behind, or only his hand as it heals, or the hem of his garment, or his shadow: it is a particularly unfair and unsatisfactory solution.

In the long term, none of these solutions have more than a limited success. As we shall now see, often these solutions are self-conscious and even clumsy and they can end up interfering with the authentic image of Jesus they are intended to enhance.

If the question poses serious problems for some of the more recent Jesus-films, for example, the very high-key The Last Temptation of Christ of Scorsese or the very low-key The Messiah of Rossellini, it seems to find a simple answer in the early passion films, which in both content and style seem to reflect the Gospel texts. As we have already suggested in our introduction, the New Testament texts are linear in style, highly elliptical, often syncopated, with little organic narrative and relatively little attention paid to psychological motivation of character and action.

Further, our normal experience of the Jesus of the Gospel is composite, reflecting elements of the four versions: "We mix up all the versions in our heads and produce for ourselves a rough-and-ready harmony. A known story, already written down, elliptical in development, with texts that are syncopated and paroxysmal. The films evince "no shaping of Rather than a narrative recounting of the story of Jesus or a fictionalized reworking of the Jesus-material, both of which become popular approaches later on in the Jesus-film tradition, these early films are more like "reminders, iconographically cued remembrances,,7 from the source-text that is the Bible.

This explanation clearly accounts for the curious fact that in the catalogues of a number of production companies, the early passion and life of Jesus films were available to downloaders in various versions, with more or fewer episodes.

Again, regarding the Pathe catalogue, offered as extra, optional sequences to downloaders already owning a copy of the life-of-Jesus films, were the autonomous episodes of the miracles of Jesus.

Clearly, the "goal of the Passion Play [film] was to illustrate and recall a well-known story rather than create a self-contained diegesis with narrative flow. Based on a script written by Herman Basile, it was filmed "in a vacant lot in Paris, substituting actors for children at the last minute,,,l0 and the finished film lasted only five minutes.

All copies of this film have been lost. The second passion film, a record of the Passion Play performed at Horitz in Bohemia, was an American production, 11 financed by the theater producers Klaw and Erlanger, directed by Walter Freeman and filmed by Charles Webster and his crew in the Bohemian town.

Entitled The Horitz Passion Play, it was composed of a maximum of forty-five scenes,12 and included documentary footage of the town, the theater and the preparation of the actors in addition to scenes from the Old Testament and from the New Testament extending from the visit of the Magi to the Resurrection.

Thanks to a carefully-planned and executed public relations campaign, including a preview showing to the Cardinal-Archbishop of Baltimore, James Gibbons, and a very successful tournee of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Montreal and San Francisco, the film had a successful run in New York.

Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ-figures in Film

The Mystery of the Passion Play of Oberammergau, also known as The Original Oberammergau Passion Play,13 a nineteen-minute film produced in 14 the United States in with professional actors, had a rather more complicated genesis and history.

Based on the seventeen-year-old scenario, written by Salmi Morse for a stage production of the passion of Jesus, which opened briefly in San Francisco but not in New York, it was filmed on the roof-terrace of the Grand Central Palace Hotel in Manhattan. The filming was done in late autumn, which resulted in some rather unevangelical snow in the Garden of Olives. Including twenty-three scenes of the life of Christ from the shepherds of Bethlehem to the Ascension, it was publicized, as the title suggests, as an authentic film version of the Passion Play produced every ten years in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau.

The revelation in the New York press that the film was a fake had virtually no negative effect either on the enthusiastic public which flocked to see it twice a day in New York, or on its distribution all over the Northeastern United States.

The showing of the The Early Years 9 film was accompanied by a learned commentary of a certain Professor Powell later replaced by a minister and by the singing of a boys' choir, and it was enthusiastically approved by churchmen, both Catholic and Protestant.

A copy of the film was bought by an itinerant Protestant preacher, who showed it all over the country at revival meetings, "the first time a rather suspect 'shadow world' was used as a power for religion. IS The Mystery of the Passion Play of Oberammergau is considered important in film-history and in the history of the religious film because it was one of the first examples of a recreated or fictionalized version of a historical event in film.

Its producers, Richard Hollaman and Albert Eaves had "by faking and dramatizing scenes, unwittingly taken one of the first steps towards artistic expression in motion pictures. Its director was a woman, Alice Guy - "a distinct rarity in the Jesus-film genre,,20 - and in its various scenes, it imitated paintings by Old Masters, an oft-repeated technique in films about Jesus. The next year, again in France, Georges M6lies l produced a short film, Christ Walking on the Wateri which, in spite of its extreme brevity - only thirty-five seconds - is significant in the history of the Jesus-film.

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In it, for the first time, a special filmic effect, a simple double exposure, was used to depict, as the title suggests, the miracle of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee. The French film company, Path6, produced three of the earliest Jesusfilms. The first, released in , The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, was a respectable nineteen minutes long, and depicted thirty-one scenes from the New Testament, covering the life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Parousia. The second was the five-minute long Life of Christ, released in Pathe's third effort, The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, which came out in , was rather undistinguished, with "unimaginative set design and curiously gauche performers.

In the United States, the Kalem production company, five years after its production of Ben-Bur, which brought a lawsuit for copyright violation from the author of the novel, General Lew Wallace a lawsuit lost by the company , produced a. Directed by Sidney Olcott who also did Ben-Bur it was sixty minutes in length, the longest of the early Jesus-films and one of the first American feature-length films. The film had well-known professional actors - the British actor Robert Henderson-Bland played the role of Jesus and it was shot, in large part, on locations in Egypt and Palestine.

There is no doubt that the "authentic" location shots, for example, of Joseph, Mary and the Child Jesus resting on their flight into Egypt, with the Sphinx and the great pyramids behind them, were one of the reasons for this film's popularity at the box office and they set a standard of sorts for future Jesus-films.

Several other aspects of this production seem to anticipate elements common to later Jesus-film productions: the script in a silent movie, limited to title cards is faithful to the text of the gospels, anticipating Pasolini's The Gospel According to Saint Matthew; the lead actor wrote two books about his experience of playing Jesus, something that the director Franco Zeffirelli as director did seventy years later; and like Zeffirelli's film, From the Manger to the Cross remained very popular for years.

Clearly, the film's length, which was three times that of its longest predecessors, anticipated the epic length of the later megaproductions. Early in the era of sound films, it was re-released with "a synchronized music and sound effects track, together with newlyfilmed close-ups.

Griffith's three-and-a-half-hour epic Intolerance, released in the United States in The film's four parallel episodes, woven together by alternate editing into "the single flowing form of a fugue,,,28 illustrate how the struggle of good and innocent people against hatred, cruelty and intolerance is a repeated theme in human history.

In addition to the modern episode in which an innocent man is condemned to death during a violent labor-management conflict, and to the episodes of the cruel conquest of Babylon by Belshazzar and of the killing of French Protestants by Catherine de Medici, known as "The St. Bartholomew's Night Massacre," Griffith presented, in the briefest and "least developed,,29 episode, the story of the passion of Jesus.

He introduced the passion with the episode of the woman taken in adultery and that of the wedding feast at Cana, the latter of which provided an opportunity extradiegetically30 for some special effects - a dark cross appeared superimposed over Jesus as he solemnly performed the miraculous transformation of water into wine - and which became intradiegetically the occasion of the beginning of the plot of the Pharisees against Jesus which culminated in his crucifixion.

The Judaean episode of Intolerance is significant in the history of the Jesus-film for several reasons. First, its crucifixion scene, with its epic compositions and huge cast of extras, is nothing short of spectacular. And The Early Years 11 finally, the film touches for the first time the delicate issue of how to represent the responsibility for the death of Jesus, an issue which must be faced even with the most recent Jesus-films.

In his original version, and notwithstanding the presence on the set of a rabbi and an Episcopalian priest as advisors,32 Griffith had shown the leaders of the Jewish community not only persecuting Jesus but also crucifying him; the director gave in to justified pressure from Jewish groups and "burned the negative already shot, refilming the [crucifixion] scenes with Roman soldiers substituted. Perhaps the first "spin-off' film, that is, a film generated by a character or an episode in a previous film, it recounted in four episodes and in one-hundred minutes, the eternal struggle of humanity against Satan.

In the triumphant climax of the film, Satan, having formed "an unholy alliance,,34 with the German Kaiser, met with Jesus, evidently well-resurrected from his crucifixion in Intolerance in which the Resurrection was not represented. The film was no doubt popular, because ten years later, it was re-released in a shortened version and with the more dramatic title of The Conquering Christ. A theme similar to that of Restitution formed one of the first of the Jesus-epics, the Danish work, Leaves from Satan's Book, an early film of Carl Theodor Dreyer.

Based on a popular novel by Maria Corelli, and lasting over one hundred minutes, it imitated the structure of Restitution. The film has four episodes and documents Satan's largely successful attempts, by assuming a human identity, to corrupt people in different periods and different places: the Spanish Inquisition in fifteenth-century Seville, the French Revolution and the execution of Marie Antoinette and the Civil War in Finland in the period following the Russian Revolution.

In the first episode, lasting twenty-two minutes, Satan, in the guise of a Pharisee, successfully tempts Judas to betray Jesus.

The character of Jesus is clearly of secondary importance: in the foreground are Satan, the protagonist of the entire film, and Judas who struggles dramatically both before and after his sin.

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Dreyer portrays three moments in the final days of Jesus' life: a visit to the home of Simon the Leper where during a silent musical interlude Dreyer inserts, using a primitive dissolve-technique, a shot of Jesus as the good shepherd, then the Last Supper and the agony in the garden and the betrayal.

It is clear in a number of shots that Dreyer is imitating Renaissance paintings. He wants to suggest Jesus's transcendence, his divine and human natures; but the formal, theatrical looks and gestures, the slow deliberate movements, reminiscent of the Jesus of Intolerance, create a Jesus who is, strangely severe, impassive and set apart from the rest of the characters.

In , four years after his classical expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Not based on the Bible but adapted from a novel by Peter Rosegger, it was seventy minutes long and starred the husband-and-wife team of the Danish Asta Nielsen and the Russian Gregori Chmara, in the roles of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Wiene shot some of the film on location in Palestine and followed the already established tradition of basing his compositions on masterpieces of Renaissance art.

The silent I. The uncontested high point of the era of the silent film about Jesus, Cecil B. Following the first DeMille biblical spectacular, The Ten Commandments, in , and preceding his epic story of the persecution of the early Christians, The Sign of the Cross, in , The King of Kings, released in , was nearly two hours in length.

Based on a screenplay by Jeannie MacPherson, and filmed in black and white, but surprisingly breaking into color for the Resurrection scene, the film tried valiantly, but not entirely successfully, to break out of the episodic, elliptical structure of the earlier Jesus-films, into the more organic, narrative style that characterizes its descendants.

The King of Kings is of interest in the history of the Jesus-film for a number of reasons, most of which have to do more with its producer-director than with the film itself. DeMille created around his lead actor, Henry B. Warner, with his "carved Jewish profile,,,36 a kind of mystical star aura. The actor, at forty-nine years of age undoubtedly the oldest film-Jesus ever, was forbidden by contract to appear in public during the filming, and once in makeup and costume, he was "transported in a closed car and wore a black veil when leaving it for the set He shrewdly retained as advisor the Jesuit priest, Daniel A.

Lord, one of those responsible for the U. Motion Picture Production Code, and in addition held daily prayers during production led by representatives of various religious groups, including Islam and Buddhism. When the Magdalene discovers that her lover Judas has forsaken her to follow a certain preacher from Nazareth, she leaves the party-in-progress, hops on her chariot and, as if imitating Ben-Hur, rides off to get him back.

Upon meeting Jesus she is converted and the scene of the ghostly seven deadly sins reluctantly quitting her body, by the use of simple double exposures, is a dramatic high The Early Years 13 point early in the film. It was as if DeMille, fearful of the insufficiency of the over-exposed biblical material, "felt that only the quick introduction of sex would grip and hold the audience. Though even today some few critics approve of H. Warner's portrait of Jesus, saying that his "acting throughout is impeccable" and that he was a "a virile, charismatic figure, both convincingly human and convincingly divine,,,43 the overall effect of Warner's ferformance was to create a formal "static, otherworldly Distributed internationally, except in Poland, where it was banned,46 it was "so widely seen, and occasionally shown on television well into the s, that another major film version of Christ's life was not produced until the similarly titled King of Kings in The first sound film on the life of Jesus, it limited itself to the events from Palm Sunday to the Ascension, and as suggested by its alternate title, Ecce Homo, it placed much emphasis on the Jesus-Pontius Pilate encounter, giving the role of the latter to the famous actor, Jean Gabin, and that of Jesus to Robert Le Vignan.

At one hundred minutes in length and complete with massive sets and crowds of people, it examined in a particular way the complex political realities against which the events of Christ's passion were played.

Duvivier's film, although in many respects superior to its predecessors, manifested some of the weaknesses endemic to many of the later Jesus-films. The elaborate sets and huge crowds of extras, for example, did not promote a very profound treatment of the spiritual reality of the passion, of the mystery of Jesus' suffering. Another problem was the imbalance between the two principal actors: a powerful, dominant Gabin as Pilate who overpowers Le Vignan, a "sad, anguished, languid" Christ whose "distracted look and soft voice [make him] appear almost effeminate.

Perhaps this is another case of a certain reticence to portray too directly the more transcendent, mysterious dimensions of the Christ-event, a phenomenon which carries through to the second generation of Gospel spectaculars.

Most often they are based 'not on sacred scripture but on devotional novels, some of which provided repeated, if limited, inspiration to filmmakers: Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel, The Last Days of Pompeii, inspired sixteen film adaptations, Henryk Sienkiewicz's Quo Va dis? They were films full of action, mostly violent, with gladiators, chariot races and the liberation struggles of Christians and slaves.

Inevitably too, they depicted the development of sentimental relationships: typically, an unlikely pagan-Christian love experience which resulted in the final conversion of the pagan. In these religious "peplum" films, the distinctions between good and evil were clear: the persecuted Christians were always good, the persecuting emperors were evil, often sadistic, sometimes insane.

Then into this smorgasbord of action, melodrama and very vague religious sentiments, and as if hoping to give their product depth, credibility and respectability, the directors of these films introduced appearances of Jesus.

Usually he was seen very briefly, sometimes as part of the action, sometimes in flashbacks or memory sequences. In a number of films, his face was mysteriously hidden from the camera, which pictured him from the back or registered only his hands or feet or, particularly mysterious, his shadow. One of the first of these films was the American production of The Last Days of Pompeii, directed by Ernest Schoedsack, the unlikely story of a gladiatorturned-horse-thief and occasional accomplice-in-crime of Pontius Pilate, and whose injured son is healed by Jesus.

Late in the film, the gladiator, one Marcus, witnesses the crucifixion, and the director would have us believe that these two contacts with Jesus are responsible for his conversion and heroic martyrdom in Rome at the end of the film. Schoedsack's film is memorable for a number of things: Basil Rathbone's performance as a curly-haired and guilt-troubled Pontius Pilate; its impressive recreation of the eruption of Vesuvius, prepared by the same special-effects team as worked on King Kong, a film made two years earlier by the same director.

This film Vesuvius produces "an amazing illusion of carnage and mass destruction. On the other hand, perhaps the least memorable aspect of Shoedsack's spectacular is its portrayal of Jesus, so The Early Years 15 inconsequential that the name of the actor who played Jesus was not included in the film's credits. Jesus was glimpsed very briefly only three times in the film: when he heals the son of Marcus, then seen from afar during the crucifixion, and finally in a double exposure "vision" to encourage Marcus as the ex-gladiator is about to die a martyr.

The studio and the film's director Mervyn LeRoy were poised to take advantage of the post-War "return to religion,,53 in America, and they chose a sure bet: the novel, Quo Vadis?

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The LXX and Hebrew and Aramaic continued to hold their place in comment on euangelion beside Greek usage, and were characteristically but not unjustly emphasized at the end of the nineteenth century in H. Liddell et al. Such concern was encouraged in the sixteenth century Horbury by the patristic tradition that Matthew wrote in Hebrew, together with the printing of Jewish Hebrew versions of Matthew , and of the gospels in Syriac Thus it was already beginning to be used as a term for a written gospel-book by the time of Bar-Kokhba; it was adopted from Greek, without translation, by Christian speakers of Latin and Syriac; and the Greek word is also echoed in rabbinic literature with regard to Christianity.

This distribution could in itself encourage the view that the noun was essentially a Pauline term derived from Greekspeaking circles, and was unlikely to reflect the Aramaic or Hebrew vocabulary of Jesus and his disciples. Adolf Deissmann brought this epigraphic text together with papyri to present euangelion as a term of Augustan and 6 7 8 Stanton citing instances of euangelion as referring to a written text in Did.

Yoganan b. Stanton —25 argues in general on these lines. The unlikelihood of a link with the vocabulary of Jesus was stressed by Wellhausen 1st edn , 99 affirming the Paulinism of Mark and Bousset 1st edn , 42 n.

Lampe Christian use of euangelion has often been derived ever since, as by the scholar honoured in this volume, not from Jewish Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek usage related to the Old Testament, but from the language of Greek and Roman ruler-cult. Lagrange, who envisaged Jesus as having himself spoken of good news, but the evangelist Mark as setting the evangel of the messianic advent of Jesus Christ deliberately in contrast with the evangel of imperial advents.

Dalman and, from a more radically critical viewpoint, by J. Wellhausen; Wellhausen in turn was criticized in a 9 10 11 12 13 14 Deissmann 4th rev. Horsley —15, no. This is noted in connection with the autocratic rather than constitutional character of much Hellenistic kingship by Bi c kerman — Cremer , ed.

Sponsors of this view include Wellhausen 1st edn , 98—9 but he allowed that the term could have come from the ruler-cult to the church through Christian speakers of Aramaic ; Bousset 1st edn , 42 n. Lagrange clvii, 2 on Mark 1. At the same time, in a contribution which gained less prominence in the biblical discussion overall, W. Bacher had shown the importance of the Hebrew verb l ebasser in rabbinic exegetical terminology.

A revived and deepened Old Testament approach to euangelion began to emerge. The contexts of occurrences and the relationship of the words in Greek and Hebrew with other words of comparable signification received attention, and an attempt was made, in the footsteps of Grotius and others, to envisage the Semitic-language as well as the Greek-language idioms of the Judaean church.

Hence, despite the prominence in debate of what were often questionably regarded as mutually exclusive alternatives — is this vocabulary essentially dominical or Pauline, Hebraic or Greek?

Hengel and G. Secondly, now with Aramaic and Hebrew in Judaea in mind, the much more positive finding of this research with regard to Semitic-language texts is notable. Despite the assumed slenderness of clear Septuagintal attestation of euangelion in the required sense, G.

It was in Judaea, according to Harnack, that Greek-speaking Christians first adopted the Greek word in this sense, to gain an equivalent for the Hebrew or Aramaic used by fellow-members of the church. From the New Testament side, this inference was encouraged especially by Mark, a gospel which attests the noun euangelion but not the cognate verb. Hence Aramaic, including Aramaic renderings of Hebrew scripture, would have formed the immediate background of the Christian use of the Greek noun.

Yet this assumed new inner-Christian development in the use of the noun could readily have merged with the emphasis on the verb and its participle already received by Judaeans familiar with the Old Testament in Greek.So, too, the language of the "Son of Man" strains against the Gospel of Mary's ideal of a nongendered space in which men and women exercise leadership based on their spiritual development and the resulting capacity to meet the needs of others.

It can save you lots of money and will This vision of the perfected self forms the core of the text's deepest teaching. In fact, the film is almost void of references to Jesus' Jewishness, a most crucial aspect of his being Messiah, and of which the gospels give repeated testimony.

The common share of the Old Testament in Greek and of the New Testament in this vocabulary is partially but strikingly recalled in the Vulgate Latin by the occurrence of evangelizare and evangelista in some of the passages on good tidings in the psalms and prophets Ps 68 Follow it!

From the New Testament side, this inference was encouraged especially by Mark, a gospel which attests the noun euangelion but not the cognate verb. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.