St. Paul At The Movies / Edition 1

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Star Wars, Amadeus, A Separate Place, Tender Mercies, Grand Canyon, Tootsie, Ordinary People, Empire of the Sun, Pale Rider, Red Dawn, and Dead Poets Society—all these movies show concern for deep human issues also treated in the Bible. The films provide evidence that many of the apostle Paul's themes in his New Testament letters are relevant for today. Contemporary movies, according to Robert Jewett, influence many Americans more than their formal education or religious training. And, since Paul interpreted the gospel on other people's turf, Jewett believes that today his forum would involve the movies, a primary source of discovering and debating important moral, cultural, and religious issues. Jewett treats film and biblical passages with equal respect. He brings their ideas and metaphors into relationship so that new insights emerge about both the ancient texts and the American cultural situation.

"Robert Jewett presents an original and fascinating entry into Pauline theology through the use of contemporary classics. Each major Pauline theme is paired with a companion film. By pointing out both similarities and divergences between the two, Jewett adds to the understanding and appreciation of both media."--Richard A. Blake, S.J., teacher and film reviewer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664254827
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jewett is Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Prologue: Pauline Theology Takes In the Movies 3
2 Star Wars and "the Force" of Paul's Gospel 19
3 Amadeus: Sin, Salvation, and Salieri 31
4 A Separate Peace with Adam's Fall 43
5 The Mysterious God of Tender Mercies 54
6 Righteous Gentiles in Grand Canyon 65
7 Tootsie and the Comfort of Christ 77
8 Earthen Vessels and Ordinary People 90
9 Empire of the Sun and the Death of Innocence 105
10 The Disguise of Vengeance in Pale Rider 118
11 Works of Darkness in Red Dawn 134
12 Epilogue: "Saint" Paul and Dead Poets Society 148
Notes 162
Index of Scripture 181
Index of Subjects and Names 182
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Inspiration for Adult Christian Education Class

    I used this book for an adult Christian education series for mid-summer evenings. We watched scenes from some of the movies included in the book and discussed the themes and ideas. Jewett analyzes contemporary ideas of our culture in light of Paul's writings in the Bible. The limitation of the book is that Jewett does not consider theology from outside Paul's writings. In some cases, John's writings, for example, complement or challenge those of Paul. The result is a helpful but at times limited dialogue between culture and Christian theology. However, our viewers said the class changed the way they would think about movies in the future!

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