Item description for Scripture on the Silver Screen by Reinhartz...
Overview This book follows in the path blazed by Jewett's St. Paul at the Movies. It questions the "Hollywood Hermeneutic" that too often views the Bible as prop, but also recognizes the contributions of movies that successfully integrate the Bible as a plot-making device. Includes short chapters on the Bible's role in such movies as The Truman Show, Pleasantville, The Sixth Sense, Magnolia, Pulp Fiction, The Miracle-Maker, Prince of Egypt, The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Breaking the Waves, Pretty Woman, The Apostle, Blue, The Matrix, and Deep Impact.
Eloquently written and meticulously researched, "Scripture on the Silver Screen" offers all students of Scripture--whether in an academic classroom or at home--an inviting new way to further their biblical literacy. It questions the "Hollywoood Hermeneutic" that too often views the Bible as prop, but also recognizes the contributions of movies that successfully integrate the Bible as a plot-making device. Each chapter begins with a discussion on the focal Bible passage, placing it in its literary and historical context, followed by a summary of the film and its main themes.
From Publishers Weekly Religion professor Adele Reinhartz offers a thoughtful study on biblical
themes in Hollywood movies with Scripture on the Silver Screen. By focusing on
just a dozen key films, and by narrowing the book's examination to the ways
the Bible is portrayed in those films, Reinhartz's study is clear, concise and
absorbing. For some of the films, the biblical connection is explicit in the
narrative itself (e.g. the role of the Book of Ruth in Fried Green Tomatoes, a
story about women's friendships), while for others, the Bible's role is more
subtle and symbolic (e.g. the "Fall" and the exile from Eden depicted in
Pleasantville). Reinhartz's tone is typically full of praise for the films
discussed here, but she also includes a final chapter on movies that got it
wrong-those that, like Nell or Pale Rider, offer misleading or superficial
understandings of scripture. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Scripture on the Silver Screen by Reinhartz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/25/2003
PW Notes and Reprints - 08/25/2003 page 60
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2003
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664223591 ISBN13 9780664223595
Reviews - What do customers think about Scripture on the Silver Screen?
Among the Very Best Available Feb 28, 2007
Very useful for the thoughtful viewer. As an academic librarian and the co-host of a television film talk show, this book is essential. Very informative and nuanced, this book sets an example for understanding the messages in the movies. Also, the book is useful for group and classroom study.