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The Historical Jesus and the Christ of Early Cinema: A Complicated Relationship (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 69-85 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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When at the onset of the twentieth century, the influential German theologian Albert Schweitzer published a historiographical account of the ‘historical Jesus’, a discrete number of silent films devoted to the life and death of Christ had already appeared in Europe and the United States. This article analyses the rise of early silent films about Christ against the backdrop of the debate enhanced by the rise of the ‘historical Jesus’, presenting some of the relevant similarities and divergences that representations of the life of Jesus produced through different media and within an increasing relevance of mass culture.

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Between Text and Other Media. Editorial (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 7-21 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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The exceptional and yet very human life of Jesus has been represented in a vast breadth of forms, from the visual to the textual, in a kind of intertextual relationship that is highly complex, in that it outreaches an impressive amount of different cultures both in terms of chronological depth and geographical reach. In order to properly appreciate the richness of early modern scholarship on these topics, a more inclusive approach might be of use, one that is capable of grasping and conveying how scholars belonging to different communities of faiths performed their historical quest on such charged theological themes. Jewish, Catholic, and different Protestant scholars left interesting traces of their understanding of the historical context where Jesus lived. Their work often reached vast clandestine circulation to become part of a shared library of religious reformers and enlighteners, not to mention fervid critics of Christianity. The collection of articles presented here combines various methodological lines of inquiry. At the same time, it brings together, albeit very selectively, the early modern and the modern period, including the second half of the twentieth century; we believe that this selection of case studies offers a composite view on different, and often contrasting practices of historiographical writing, which may belong to different religious, anti-religious, and neutral traditions that span across a few centuries.

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 153 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
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This thematic issue seeks to provide a more nuanced and more complicated history of how historical narratives about the life of Jesus were produced and circulated in European culture. The focus on media is one of the most innovative ways to provide such an involved history, pointing to the cultural history of scholarship and the many ways in which societies produce historical representations of theological themes.

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