Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jesus at the Movies: A Guide to the First Hundred Years

A fascinating analysis of all the Jesus movies that have been made since the beginning of cinematography. -- Paul Verhoeven, Director, Total Recall

An important, fascinating and insightful book on Jesus and film. -- Marcus J. Borg

Magnificent ... a complete analysis of the major films about Jesus. -- John Dominic Crossan

This is a reader-friendly text ... Those who lack formal theological education will find it relatively easy to follow Tatum's fluid and clear prose. At the same time, he poses questions designed to stretch and challenge even the most progressive Christian. Tatum is at his best when he hints that modern filmmakers are similar to the early Christians in their struggle to understand the biblical presentation of Jesus as both divine and human. The theological reflections provide a basis for a dialogue between Christianity and modern culture. A first-rate book! -- Christianity and the Arts
Product Description
Since the earliest days of the movies more than a century ago, moviemakers have been intrigued by "the greatest story ever told." They have tried, with varying degrees of success, to capture the life of Jesus on film.

In Jesus at the Movies Barnes Tatum has created a fascinating and exhaustively-researched viewer's guide to the movies about Jesus. Tatum guides the reader film-by-film from Sidney Olcott's silent classic "From the Manger to the Cross" through Denis Arcand's award-winning "Jesus of Montreal" to the future of Jesus movies. With his experience as author, biblical scholar, and teacher on religion and film, he presents this unique look at Jesus films in all dimensions: as cinematic art, as literature, as biblical history and as theology.