Firstly, the number of elements of the story that are common to all four gospels are startlingly few.
The Bible and Interpretation A Review of the Passion I find it offensive when much of the marketing of the movie has insisted on its biblical accuracy when, in fact, much of what's good and bad about the movie comes either from an 18th-century nun or from Mel Gibson's own imagination.
My own starting point as a practicing Christian and preacher is quite different since Christians must find some way to accord trust to the biblical narratives, however chastened by modern critical sensibilities.
An important and quite related question is whether it is anti-Jewish? There is another corollary to our original question: If it is, at least in part, extra-biblical, what are its other sources?
We shall address each issue in turn. Is the movie biblical?
Much of what faithful Christians have enjoyed in the movie has been the stunning visual depiction of much of their beloved Gospels. These are rather additions cooked up by Mel Gibson or his fellow writers. Do you remember when Jesus is making a table? One that looks like our tables? But already we can see the claim to literal biblical depiction is a bit overblown.
Some of the extra-biblical material was the strongest content in the movie. There are also two significant plotlines in the movie that are based on single verses of the Bible.
This seems to be based on Matthew Gibson takes that one and expands it. Again, here is one verse, greatly expanded upon. Christians ever since have tried hard to imagine those details, as this movie does.
This movie is, in fact, most interesting when it departs from the biblical narrative. Last year a film on the Gospel of John that quoted the book verbatim flew under the popular and even ecclesiastical radar precisely because it was boring! No good movie could be so slavishly literal. Interesting conversation about this one only begins when we ask why certain changes have been made.
Is the movie anti-Jewish? It comes dangerously close: The only addition I would make is that on this score when we see departure from the biblical account, it actually serves to make the Jews look worse even than the Bible does.The insightful text and captivating pictures tell the moving story of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from childhood through the Resurrection of her son, Jesus Christ.
Acclaimed for the beauty of its stunning photography, the film Mary of Nazareth won high praise from both attendees and film reviewers.
Hail Mary A prayer for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. Traditional version: Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.
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The salavation story of Jesus and the part Mary played in it is so huge that trying to compress it into the short time required by this movie is almost impossible. Even the best movie ever done on Christ, "Jesus of Nazareth" was a 6 hour movie and it couldn't encompass everything either.
NNDB has added thousands of bibliographies for people, organizations, schools, and general topics, listing more than 50, books and , other kinds of references. MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS is such a spindly green sprout.
Regrettably, several of its branches are fruitless. First, it should be pointed out that both Protestant and Catholics respect Mary and this movie does not deify her, which would be .