Christ in the Limelight: Contemporary films and christological discourse

Arnfríur Gumundsdóttir*

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The aim of this article is to show how theology can, through the medium of film, engage contemporary interpretations of Jesus' person and work. Starting out by tracing the development taking place in films about Jesus throughout the twentieth century, the focus then moves to a theological reading of Mel Gibson's interpretation of the passion story for the twenty-first century in his movie The Passion of the Christ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Other keywords

  • Christology
  • Glorification of suffering
  • Images of Christ
  • Jesus and film
  • Religion and film


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