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‘Son of God’: Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’
Yahoo ^ | 02/26/2014 | Todd Cunningham

Posted on 02/26/2014 11:48:13 AM PST by SoConPubbie

The bible saga “Son of God” will be “the antidote to the poison that ‘Passion of the Christ’ became,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman told TheWrap Tuesday.

“It’s almost a disservice to ‘Son of God’ to compare the two,” he said. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s pared-down version of the History channel miniseries “The Bible” opens nationwide Friday on roughly 3,000 screens Friday.

It’s been 10 years to the day since “Passion of the Christ” debuted, and it’s still the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. But it’s remembered as much for the charges of anti-Semitism, excessive violence and prerelease controversy as it is for its $370 million box-office haul.

Also read: Jesus Is Back on the Big Screen in ‘Son of God’ Trailer (Video)

“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,” said Foxman. He was among the Jewish leaders who a decade ago spoke out bitterly against Gibson’s brutal recounting of Christ’s crucifixion, saying its depiction of sadistic Pharisees and stereotypical characters fanned the flames of hatred against Jews.

But he has no problem with “Son of God.”

“The story of the crucifixion and the way it has been used through the centuries has never been good for the Jews,” he said.

“Having said that, ‘Son of God’ is the most sensitive, caring depiction of the story of Jesus that I have ever seen. The producers have done everything possible to put the events into historical, political and psychological context.”

Foxman (photo left) said that he thought “Son of God” could replace “Passion of the Christ” as the go-to movie for films about the life and death of Christ.

Also read: ‘Son of God’ Cuts Satan Scenes Featuring Obama Lookalike

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Foxman said that his organization met with Downey and Burnett and provided each other with “mutual guidance.”

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1 posted on 02/26/2014 11:48:14 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Foxman is full of it.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 11:50:15 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Ray76

Sounds like Foxman has a problem with historical accuracy.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 11:51:14 AM PST by circlecity
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To: SoConPubbie

Abe Foxman, you brown nosing POS, just go straight to hell.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 11:51:24 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Four dead in Benghazi")
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To: SoConPubbie

I see that hollyweird still hates Mel.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 11:52:08 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SoConPubbie
What a thin-skinned moron. Does he realize Jesus's loving mother and stalwart disciples in The Passion were all Jews?
6 posted on 02/26/2014 11:54:20 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: SoConPubbie
RE: Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’ Exactly what is different between the story told in one film and the other?
7 posted on 02/26/2014 11:55:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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RE: Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’

Exactly what is different between the story told in one film and the other?


8 posted on 02/26/2014 11:55:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SoConPubbie

I can never understand the christians who whine about jesus getting “killed” by the jews when the romans also played a part as well. Like it would have been better if jesus had died of old age or falling off a donkey cart for our sins instead..


9 posted on 02/26/2014 11:56:22 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SoConPubbie
Another reason why I may not see this film.

"The Passion of the Christ" is a phenomenal film regardless of Mel Gibson's sins/behavior. It really has no parallel in film.

10 posted on 02/26/2014 11:57:47 AM PST by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SoConPubbie

While I think Gibson is a jackass and probably had an ulterior motive, the facts are that the Jewish authorities during this period were largely villainous. Just look at Herod! The temple leaders at this time were horribly corrupt with some exceptions, Nicodemus being the most notable.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 11:58:27 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

Yes, I always defer to people in other religions when evaluating Christian media.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 11:58:34 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: SeekAndFind
RE: Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’ Exactly what is different between the story told in one film and the other?

It will be PC and sinner friendly.

13 posted on 02/26/2014 11:59:29 AM PST by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SoConPubbie

TPOC was, without a doubt,
THE most powerful movie I’ve ever seen


14 posted on 02/26/2014 11:59:49 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

And so was Jesus!!!


15 posted on 02/26/2014 12:00:08 PM PST by SierraWasp (Democrats these days are the "Glitches" in America's way of life and culture!!!)
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To: Viennacon
the Jewish authorities during this period were largely villainous.

Why would they be any different from any other authorities in any period?

16 posted on 02/26/2014 12:00:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: GraceG
I can never understand the christians who whine about jesus getting “killed” by the jews

Can you cite some examples in the past 100 years?

17 posted on 02/26/2014 12:01:09 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: GraceG

It had to be done in exactly the way it was done in order to fulfill prophecy and to prove that He was who He said He was,

and the veracity and divine origin of Scripture.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 12:01:11 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Ray76

Now if we could just find an antidote to Foxman.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 12:01:44 PM PST by AHWilde
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To: Ray76

“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,” said Foxman. He was among the Jewish leaders who a decade ago spoke out bitterly against Gibson’s brutal recounting of Christ’s crucifixion, saying its depiction of sadistic Pharisees and stereotypical characters fanned the flames of hatred against Jews.

Didn’t make me hate Jews, it made me hate myself and by deduction all of mankind.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 12:02:39 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Jeff Chandler

Good point!


21 posted on 02/26/2014 12:02:42 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

so in this new film...

The Pharisees are the good guys and that upstart rabble rousing Jesus gets his ???


22 posted on 02/26/2014 12:03:10 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: GraceG

What amazes me is it happened just like God planned it. He knew before He created us He would have to send His Son. God had a choice and He chose love.

The great thing about the Bible is there were no surprises as far as God knowing or some alternative to the end result. It all happened just the way He saw it.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 12:05:49 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: frogjerk
It will be PC and sinner friendly.

Christ was 'sinner friendly' too, and every day I thank Him for that. Though I do understand your context.

24 posted on 02/26/2014 12:08:07 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: SoConPubbie
I am going to NOT see it.
I know I'll just get pissed off.
The bible series pissed me off.
The BSA is a homo activist group.
Noah built an Ark because of climate changers.
My daughter is selling girl scout cookies for homos and abortionist.
CPAC is letting the homos take over.
The GOP is joining in the Communist movement.
I can't afford, or find enough bullets.
Thomas Sowell is worried about his country club membership.
Everything is pissing me off.
I am one pissed off white man.
25 posted on 02/26/2014 12:08:31 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: frogjerk

RE: It will be PC and sinner friendly.

In what sense is it sinner friendly?


26 posted on 02/26/2014 12:09:30 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SoConPubbie
The Jews (some of them) portrayed in "Passion: were villains. So what? doesn't make all of them villains. The problems some people have is not with Gibson's film, but with the Gospel. Nothing we can do about that.
27 posted on 02/26/2014 12:10:25 PM PST by chesley
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To: SeekAndFind
"In what sense is it sinner friendly?"

Actually, the entire Gospel is pretty sinner friendly. If God didn't love sinners he wouldn't have sent his son to die on the cross.

28 posted on 02/26/2014 12:11:17 PM PST by circlecity
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To: right way right

Where’s the Like button when you need it?!


29 posted on 02/26/2014 12:11:28 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: GraceG
Myself, I don't understand those Jews who think the Gospel is antisemitic. Some ‘Christians’, yes, but the Gospel, not hardly.

Even the Old Testament has a few Jewish villains.

30 posted on 02/26/2014 12:13:18 PM PST by chesley
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To: SoConPubbie
The bible saga “Son of God” will be “the antidote to the poison that ‘Passion of the Christ’ became,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman told TheWrap Tuesday.

“It’s almost a disservice to ‘Son of God’ to compare the two,” he said.

It’s been 10 years to the day since “Passion of the Christ” debuted, and it’s still the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. But it’s remembered as much for the charges of anti-Semitism, excessive violence and prerelease controversy as it is for its $370 million box-office haul.

“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,” said Foxman. He was among the Jewish leaders who a decade ago spoke out bitterly against Gibson’s brutal recounting of Christ’s crucifixion, saying its depiction of sadistic Pharisees and stereotypical characters fanned the flames of hatred against Jews.

Can someone remind me of the actual damage or uptick of anti-Semitism that actually occurred because of "The Passion of the Christ"? I don't remember hearing about any. I don't know of anyone who hates Jews because the Jewish leaders of the time were portrayed as the villains in this movie (and they were portrayed that way because that was a historical fact surrounding the events in question). The only "controversy" that came up was BEFORE the movie was released, and it was all generated by attention gluttons like Foxman.

31 posted on 02/26/2014 12:13:27 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: HangnJudge

Agreed. I’ve never seen a movie that moved me as much as The Passion of the Christ. Beautifully and artistically made, fine acting, powerful where it needed to be and restrained too where it could have gotten sentimental. The depiction of Satan was well done.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 12:19:20 PM PST by punknpuss
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To: GraceG

It was the Romans who actually killed Christ. The Jews weren’t allowed to at the time.


33 posted on 02/26/2014 12:21:13 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: SoConPubbie

” The story of the crucifixion and the way it has been used through the centuries has never been good for the Jews,” he said.

Get bent with more of your synthetic hurt feelings.

God chose you, he adopted us and told us him the while thing would unfold.

Seems like a good deal for both sides.

Your team acted as players in the fulfillment of the prophecy .

Man, I don’t give a Schevitz about your take feelings.

Ain’t no one throwing rocks at you guys.

In fact, let me say thank you and we are part of the same family

Only problem I got is Giffelte Fish. Disgusting and I’ll eat anything.

Latke’s, Kugle, Matza Ball Soup, Shabat, Purim, Hannukah, Passover and the prayers, as well the formality are all great.

Heck, after twenty years I no longer get called on to ask my very first question that put everyone, at the table in stitches “Why is this night any different from another?”.

LOL!

I didn’t know.

I do now and look forward to Passover.

Luv brisket, latkes, chicken and all the horse radish I can eat.

If I don’t pass out from a really ling and formal observance, which I think will happen this year, as my friend lost his father and it will be very important to him to live his faith on this day.


34 posted on 02/26/2014 12:23:53 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

True - many wonderful Jews in the film.

Actually, I thought the Roman always came off looking much worse than the Jews.

In any case, it’s all ok. Everyone was forgiven, and it was all God’s plan.


35 posted on 02/26/2014 12:29:46 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: ealgeone

The Jews turned Christ over to the Romans for the purpose of execution. They practically begged Pilate to crucify him. The Temple was corrupt and they corrupted their people. Pilate represents moral relativism; “what is truth?” he asked. Pilate was afraid to stand up to the Jews and say no, even though he knew Christ was innocent. Jesus, his mother, and most of his followers were Jewish. I think the point of the POTC was that it was our sins that crucified Christ. Everytime we sin, it’s another lash, another blow, another nail. Try not to sin.


36 posted on 02/26/2014 12:40:55 PM PST by virgil
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To: GraceG
I can never understand the christians who whine about jesus getting “killed” by the jews when the romans also played a part as well.

It was all Orchestrated by God the Father. Jesus wasn't killed by anyone. He freely gave up his life. The cross was simply the instrument God chose to fulfill his purpose.

37 posted on 02/26/2014 12:47:45 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s right, we now need a politically corrected Bible, one that doesn’t offend anyone!


38 posted on 02/26/2014 12:50:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: JudyinCanada
The hands shown in the movie that drive the nails into Jesus's wrists are Mel Gibson's. He wanted to make a point that we all are responsible for the rejection of Christ because we all sin.
39 posted on 02/26/2014 12:51:00 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: SoConPubbie
“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,”

Nope. They pretty much did that themselves.
All of mankind put Christ on the cross. The Romans provided the venue, the Pharisees provided the motive.

40 posted on 02/26/2014 12:51:56 PM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: SoConPubbie

If Foxman’s ok with “Son of God”, that’s all I need to know. Pass.


41 posted on 02/26/2014 12:52:28 PM PST by Romulus
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To: SoConPubbie

Want to know what has Foxman so steamed? Here it is:

Matthew 3:10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Luke 20:14ff But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ And they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants, and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “God forbid!”


42 posted on 02/26/2014 1:14:38 PM PST by Romulus
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To: SoConPubbie

I wish he wasn’t called a Jewish leader.


43 posted on 02/26/2014 1:16:05 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: right way right

Me too. Plus the guy they cast as Jesus in this one looks like a Eurotrash male model in an orthodontia commercial.


44 posted on 02/26/2014 1:18:58 PM PST by Argus
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To: GraceG
You should learn some manners & respect. His name is Jesus.

Plus, the jews were not satisfied with killing Him. They are also responsible for the deaths of his disciples.

45 posted on 02/26/2014 1:20:00 PM PST by A Cyrenian (Don't worry about stuffing the bus or filling the fridge. Try filling the Church.)
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To: SoConPubbie

It’s time for the so called” leaders of the Jews” to back off.


46 posted on 02/26/2014 1:29:48 PM PST by chatham
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have NEVER heard anyone in my circle say that Jesus was killed by “the Jews”. Most good Christians understand two things: Jesus was killed to atone for the sins of mankind; and the Jews just happened to be the people he lived with, so they represented all of us. And, there were a lot of good Jews in the New Testament too.


47 posted on 02/26/2014 1:32:31 PM PST by Gumdrop (Q)
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[ Plus, the jews were not satisfied with killing Him. They are also responsible for the deaths of his disciples. ]

Well one of your ancestor’s tribe once killed one of my ancestors and I am going to hold that grudge over you and make my children hold that grudge as well.

How mature is that?

When does it end, blaming a tribe for the past actions of SOME of it’s members seems a LOT like Al Sharpton blaming all the whotes for slavery and demanding reparations from all the whites because they are white.


48 posted on 02/26/2014 1:34:27 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Yaelle

I wish he wasn’t called a Jewish leader.

The Jews have a leader like the Tea party has a Leader...

There is no singular leader of the Jewish people or the Tea Party.

The Catholics have a leader his title is the Pope.

However some of the other Christian Sects don’t have a singular leader and some do.

I love (sarc) how the media picks a person as a “leader” of a group of people, like they pick Jessie Jackson as King of the African-Americans, or how Rush Limbaugh supposedly is the “Leader” of all of talk radio...

Saying the pope is the leader of Catholics is technically correct, but naming some random Jewish dude the leader of all the Jews is deceptive on the media’s part...


49 posted on 02/26/2014 1:40:14 PM PST by GraceG
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To: fidelis

What’s with this idea that the POTC stirring up anti-Semitism? It is ludicrous because the anti-Semites in the USA are all in the intelligentia at universities, etc. They were not the people who went to see the Passion of the Christ. In fact, they are mostly part of the ‘hate Christians’ crowd, and are the rabble rousers trying their darndest to destroy Israel.


50 posted on 02/26/2014 1:40:45 PM PST by Gumdrop (Q)
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