Scripture on the Silver Screen

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
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Eloquently written and meticulously researched,Scripture on the Silver Screenoffers all students of Scripture--whether in an academic classroom or at home--an inviting new way to further their biblical literacy. It questions the "Hollywoood Hermeneutic" that too often views the Bible as prop, but also recognizes the contributions of movies that successfully integrate the Bible as a plot-making device. Each chapter begins with a discussion on the focal Bible passage, placing it in its literary and historical context, followed by a summary of the film and its main themes.

  

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Contents

The Truman Show and the Great Escape
5
Magnolia and the Plague of Frogs Exodus
24
Dead Man Walking and the Riddle
39
Fried Green Tomatoes and the Power
54
Cape Fear and the Devil as Savior Job
67
The Sixth Sense and the Quest for Eternal Rest Psalms
81
Pulp Fiction and the Power of Belief Ezekiel
97
The Apostle and the Power of the Book John
114
The Shawshank Redemption and the Salvation
129
Pleasantville and the Nostalgia for Eden Revelation
144
Pale Rider Nell and the Misuse of Scripture
166
Conclusion
184
Bibliography
202
Index of Scriptural Citations
211
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About the author (2003)

Adele Reinhartz is Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

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