Item description for Saint Paul at the Movies: The Apostle's Dialogue with American Culture by Robert Jewett...
Overview "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.
"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.
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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.64" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664254829 ISBN13 9780664254827
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More About Robert Jewett
Robert Jewett is Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Robert Jewett currently resides in the state of Iowa.
Robert Jewett has published or released items in the following series...
Abingdon Basic Bible Commentary
Genesis to Revelation
Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
Reviews - What do customers think about St. Paul at the Movies?
a great idea, but misses Aug 25, 2000
Jewett's chapters examine a Christian context of 11 movies of the '80s, offering a fresh look at both the movies and New Testament theology. Clint Eastwood is the basis for a chaper on vengence while racial reconcilation is equated with the Jews and Gentiles in "Grand Canyon." The selection of movies is great in Jewett's book (Star Wars, Amadeus, Ordinary People, and Dead Poet's Society) but the relativism to the scriptures he choses is often weak and farfetched. This is a book to start one thinking about movies already seen, a starting point for discussion as the credits roll, but not great book for independent examination. A fine effort, but at times it just misses.