The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama

The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama

by Marcia Kupfer
     
 

ISBN-10: 027103307X

ISBN-13: 9780271033075

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Penn State University Press

No story is more central to Western culture than the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and none better demonstrates the power of representation in shaping religious faith and practice. The incidence of Passion imagery in diverse media is fundamental to the histories of Christian piety, church politics, and art in European and American societies. At

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Overview

No story is more central to Western culture than the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and none better demonstrates the power of representation in shaping religious faith and practice. The incidence of Passion imagery in diverse media is fundamental to the histories of Christian piety, church politics, and art in European and American societies. At the same time, the visualization and reenactment of Christ’s suffering has for centuries been the principal engine generating popular perceptions of Jews and Judaism. The provocative essays collected here, written by eminent scholars with an eye toward the nonspecialist reader, broadly survey the depiction and dramatization of the Passion and consider the significance of this representational focus for both Christians and Jews. This anthology provides a unique, multifaceted overview of a subject of enduring importance in today’s religiously pluralistic societies.

Contributors include Robin Blaetz, Stephen Campbell, Jody Enders, Christopher Fuller, James Marrow, Walter Melion, David Morgan, David Nirenberg, Adele Reinhartz, Miri Rubin, Lisa Saltzman, and Marc Saperstein.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271033075
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

Marcia Kupfer

Part One: Narrative Transformations, Pictorial Elaborations

1. Inventing the Passion in the Late Middle Ages

James H. Marrow

2. The Passion of Mary: The Virgin and the Jews in Medieval Culture

Miri Rubin

3. The Conflicted Representation of Judaism in Italian Renaissance Images of Christ’s Life and Passion

Stephen J. Campbell

4. Ex libera meditatione: Visualizing the Sacrificial Christ in Jerónimo Nadal’s Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels

Walter S. Melion

Part Two: Popular Spectacle, Mass Consumption

5. Coups de Théâtre and the Passion for Vengeance

Jody Enders

6. Images of the Passion and the History of Protestant Visual Piety in America

David Morgan

7. Realizing the Passion on Screen

Robin Blaetz

8. Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz

9. Two Thousand Years of Storytelling About Jesus: How Faithful Is Pasolini’s Gospel to Matthew’s Gospel?

Christopher Fuller

Part Three: Jewish Perspectives

10. Jewish Responses to the Passion Narratives

Marc Saperstein

11. Barnett Newman’s Passion

Lisa Saltzman

Epilogue: A Brief History of Jewish Enmity

David Nirenberg

Notes

Index

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