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Screening Scripture offers a unique new perspective on religion and film. The book proposes that there is no natural connection between scripture and film-even for those movies that seem to have an obvious relationship to religious text. It is only the viewer that makes this connection. From this perspective, Screening Scripture opens up new possibilities for viewing these movies and reading these texts with each other.

The contributors to this volume serve as creative viewers who make these connections for some of today's most popular and provocative films. The scriptures discussed include not only the Bible, but apocryphal, heretical, and non-Western scriptures. In the hands of these writers, the films provide fresh insights into the scriptures. Contributors to this volume:

George Aichele (Adrian College) on Pleasantville
Roland Boer (Monash University) on Total Recall
Ralph Brabban (Chowan College) on Midnight Cowboy
Fred Burnett (Anderson University) on Lethal Weapon
Carl Dyke (Methodist College) on The Life of Brian
Julie Kelso (University of Queensland) on David and Bathsheba
Neal McCrillis (Columbus State University) on The Giant Behemoth
Tina Pippin (Agnes Scott College) on Dracula
Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh (Methodist College) on The Prince of Egypt
Mark Roncace (Emory University) on Sling Blade
Erin Runions (Barnard College) on Boys Don't Cry
Jeffrey Staley (Seattle University) on Patch Adams
Richard Walsh (Methodist College) on End of Days

George Aichele is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan and is the author of The Control of Biblical Meaning.

Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion, co-director of the Honors Program, and Assistant Academic Dean at Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is the author of Mapping the Myths of Biblical Interpretation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563383540
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 463,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

George Aichele is a member of the Bible and Culture Collective, the collaborative author of The Postmodern Bible. He is also the author of Sign Text Scripture and The Control of Biblical Meaning and co-editor with Walsh of Screening Scripture.

Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion at Methodist College in Fayettevile, North Carolina, and is the author of Reading the Gospels in the Dark and co-editor with Aichele of Screening Scripture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Scripture as Precursor
1 On Finding a Non-American Revelation: End of Days and the Book of Revelation 1
2 Of Gods and Demons: Blood Sacrifice and Eternal Life in Dracula and the Apocalypse of John 24
3 Atomic Anxiety in Cold War Britain: Science, Sin, and Uncertainty in Nuclear Monster Films 42
4 Alienation, Sex, and an Unsatisfactory Ending: Themes and Features of Stories Old and New 58
5 Coming-of-Age in The Prince of Egypt 77
6 Sitcom Mythology 100
7 Non-Sense: Total Recall, Paul, and the Possibility of Psychosis 120
8 Gazing at Impotence in Henry King's David and Bathsheba 155
9 Why Girls Cry: Gender Melancholia and Sexual Violence in Ezekiel 16 and Boys Don't Cry 188
10 Meeting Patch Again for the First Time: Purity and Compassion in Marcus Borg, the Gospel of Mark, and Patch Adams 213
11 Learning from The Life of Brian: Saviors for Seminars 229
12 The Characterization of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon 1: An Archetypal Hero 251
13 Paradoxical Protagonists: Sling Blade's Karl and Jesus Christ 279
Movies Cited 301
Bibliography 305
Contributors 323
Index of Names 327
Index of Texts 331
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