To: ultima ratio
Thank you for posting this article. I have seen the film. The Roman Catholic beliefs are evident - even if not scriptural - but, they did not detract from my experience - it was NOT entertainment, and it was not intended to be such. I believe the film CAN do good.
The intended message - I believe - of Jesus sacrifice for each of us - individually - was powerful indeed.
It certainly was the best of all these type films I have seen in my lifetime - 76 years. Would I have liked it better if some things were different? Certainly. I am always appalled by the portrayals of my Lord and Savior as a long-haired, bearded person.
Isaiah, I believe, says he "was not comely" - and I don't believe he was effeminate-looking with long hair (See 1 Cor - although I could be wrong, as some say Nazarenes did not cut their hair).
The Jesus who TWICE chased the money-changers from the Temple must have looked fearsome to them. Does not one have a mental picture of him overturning the moneychanger's tables - and them running to get away from this "violent" man? (I even once thought Jesus might have been a mountain of a man.)
I know God does not want us to know what Jesus looked like in this life. When we are in Heaven, then we will know. Now, it must not be important.
posted on 03/27/2004 7:19:47 PM PST
by First Conservative
(Who is your spiritual Father and where is he?)
To: First Conservative
Gibson uses artistic license in a lot of his choices--invariably choosing to follow the tradition in western art, rather than the probable reality. He opts for the full cross being carried by Jesus, for instance, rather than the cross-beam only; for the nails being hammered through the palms, rather than through the wrists; for a bearded, long-haired Jesus rather than a short-haired, clean-shaven man. I think he did this to meet audience expectations. The aim was to create an illusion of reality, rather than historical accuracy per se.
To: First Conservative
it was NOT entertainment, and it was not intended to be such
This excellent homily/review agrees.
posted on 03/28/2004 8:58:10 AM PST
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