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‘How I Stoppedworrying about Mel Gibson and Learned to Love the Quest for the Historical Jesus’: A Review of Mel Gibson’S the Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson has proven to be a mass-cultural phenomenon. This article compares it with the recent film The Gospel of Johnand then evaluates the film under three rubrics: (1) artistic and religious merit, (2) historical accuracy, and (3) anti-Semitism. The relationship between these two films and the problem of the historical Jesus is investigated.

Affiliations: 1: Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


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