Three Wife-Sister Episodes Aligned

May 9, 2016
GENESIS 12

ABRAM/SARAI IN EGYPT

THEOPHANY

12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said: ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land’; and he builded there an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. 8 And he removed from thence unto the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai on the east; and he builded there an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. 9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South. {P}

FAMINE

10 And there was a famine in the land; and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land.

WIFE-SISTER

11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife: ‘Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon. 12 And it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they will say: This is his wife; and they will kill me, but thee they will keep alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.’ 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

PATRIARCH ENRICHED

16 And he dealt well with Abram for her sake; and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels. 17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

 

 

 

WHAT HADST THOU DONE?

18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said: ‘What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? 19 Why saidst thou: She is my sister? so that I took her to be my wife; now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.’ 20 And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him; and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

13 1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South.

 

 

 

 

 

PATRIARCH ENRICHED

2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journeys from the South even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Ai; 4 unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first; and Abram called there on the name of the LORD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATER DISPUTE

5 And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together; for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEGOTIATIONS

8 And Abram said unto Lot: ‘Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me; if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou take the right hand, then I will go to the left.’ 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar. 11 So Lot chose him all the plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENESIS 20

ABRAHAM/SARAH IN GERAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMINE/

1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.

WIFE-SISTER

2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife: ‘She is my sister.’ And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

THEOPHANY

3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him: ‘Behold, thou shalt die, because of the woman whom thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.’ 4 Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said: ‘LORD, wilt Thou slay even a righteous nation? 5 Said he not himself unto me: She is my sister? and she, even she herself said: He is my brother. In the simplicity of my heart and the innocency of my hands have I done this.’ 6 And God said unto him in the dream: ‘Yea, I know that in the simplicity of thy heart thou hast done this, and I also withheld thee from sinning against Me. Therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 7 Now therefore restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live; and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.’ 8 And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid.

WHAT HADST THOU DONE?

9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him: ‘What hast thou done unto us? and wherein have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.’ 10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham: ‘What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?’ 11 And Abraham said: ‘Because I thought: Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. 12 And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and so she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her: This is thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me: He is my brother.’

PATRIARCH ENRICHED

14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 15 And Abimelech said: ‘Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.’ 16 And unto Sarah he said: ‘Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is for thee a covering of the eyes to all that are with thee; and before all men thou art righted.’

THE CLOSED ARE OPENED, FERTILITY RESTORED

17 And Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants; and they bore children. 18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. {S}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEGOTIATIONS

21: 22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phicol the captain of his host spoke unto Abraham, saying: ‘God is with thee in all that thou doest. 23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son; but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.’

WATER DISPUTE

24 And Abraham said: ‘I will swear.’ 25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away. 26 And Abimelech said: ‘I know not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to-day.’

COVENANT

27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and they two made a covenant. 28 And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by themselves. 29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham: ‘What mean these seven ewe-lambs which thou hast set by themselves?’ 30 And he said: ‘Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.’ 31 Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there they swore both of them. 32 So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba; and Abimelech rose up, and Phicol the captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines. 33 And Abraham planted a tamarisk-tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. 34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENESIS 26

ISAAC/REBECCA IN GERAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMINE

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

THEOPHANY

2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said: ‘Go not down unto Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father; 4 and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands; and by thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves; 5 because that Abraham hearkened to My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.’ 6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

WIFE-SISTER

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said: ‘She is my sister’; for he feared to say: ‘My wife’; ‘lest the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah, because she is fair to look upon.’

 

 

 

 

WHAT HADST THOU DONE?

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said: ‘Behold, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou: She is my sister?’ And Isaac said unto him: ‘Because I said: Lest I die because of her.’ 10 And Abimelech said: ‘What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might easily have lain with thy wife, and thou wouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.’ 11 And Abimelech charged all the people, saying: ‘He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.’

 

 

 

 

PATRIARCH ENRICHED

12 And Isaac sowed in that land, and found in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. 13 And the man waxed great, and grew more and more until he became very great. 14 And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great household; and the Philistines envied him.

 

THE CLOSED ARE OPENED, FERTILITY RESTORED

15 Now all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac: ‘Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.’ 17 And Isaac departed thence, and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. 18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of living water.

 

WATER DISPUTE

20 And the herdmen of Gerar strove with Isaac’s herdmen, saying: ‘The water is ours.’ And he called the name of the well Esek; because they contended with him. 21 And they digged another well, and they strove for that also. And he called the name of it Sitnah. 22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not. And he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said: ‘For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.’ 23 And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.

THEOPHANY

24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said: ‘I am the God of Abraham thy father. Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for My servant Abraham’s sake.’ 25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

 

NEGOTIATIONS

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his host. 27 And Isaac said unto them: ‘Wherefore are ye come unto me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?’ 28 And they said: ‘We saw plainly that the LORD was with thee; and we said: Let there now be an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; 29 that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace; thou art now the blessed of the LORD.’ 30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

 

 

 

COVENANT

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and swore one to another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him: ‘We have found water.’ 33 And he called it Shibah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.

 


The King of Kings

May 21, 2012

The Gospel According to Matthew

May 20, 2012

In the opening scene where the viewer is introduced to the Virgin Mary, she is standing looking blankly into the camera in front of an arch way.  By positioning her in this spot, we get the sense that she is indeed Devine and cherished by God.  Also, while Mary stands there, we see Joseph walking away from her with no music or dialogue, only the sounds of nature.  The lack of background noise, just the birds chirping gives a dramatic feel and sets the tone for the rest of the film.

This is obviously not a big budget movie.  Little expense was spent on special effect to make the miracle scenes more real.  In a very simple way, the miracle is presented to the audience and then with a cut to another person or scenery, it goes back to the miracle at hand and it has occurred off camera.   This does not take away from the power of the miracles, in a way it adds to the mystery of Jesus’ powers and abilities.  The only miracle we see on screen occurring is when Jesus walks on water which was done very nicely to give the desired effect.  The only part where some kind of effects or special techniques had to be used was when Judas hung himself.  I am not quite sure how they accomplished this scene without hurting the actor.

Throughout the film, there are long stretches of dialogue where Jesus speaks directly into the camera.  By having this happen, it is as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, the viewer.  This can evoke a greater sense of connection to the story.  There is a part of the film (57:25) where Jesus is giving a speech as he stands at the edge of a building while his disciples are below him on steps.  This was a visual indication that Jesus is above all men and closer to God.  Another speech of Jesus’ which makes the viewer feel that they are there is when the camera is not simply focused on one specific aspect.  The camera is almost like a personal view of an audience member walking through the crowd to get closer to Jesus as he speaks.

A striking moment during the crucifixion scene is when I realized that there is no sound from the scene at hand, only music playing.  We do not hear cries from the Virgin Mary, anything the guards may be saying, the smack of the hammer as they nail Jesus to the cross- Nothing.  I feel that this relates to the fact that Jesus remains silent during his crucifixion, and the music, as well as the facial expressions of the witnesses, conveys all the emotion needed.


The Prince of Egypt

May 20, 2012

The film The Prince of Egypt opens with clouds blocking the sun than dispersing to allow the sun to shine through.  When looking at the graphics, I feel that this opening scene is a foreshadowing of the film.  It is the story of Moses and after the ‘darkness’ which will consume Egypt with the plagues and enslavement of the Jewish people, the light will finally prevail once Moses leads the Jews to freedom.

The song at the beginning of this animated film also evokes emotion from the viewer.  The song may be viewed as a little intense for an animated film, but it accurately portrays the life of an enslaved Jew.  The lyrics speak of feeling the whip on the skin and the sweat on the brow, which is also presented in the graphics.

24:35 into the film, animation with the hieroglyphics on the wall tells the story of Moses’ childhood and how he has become the Prince of Egypt.  Amazing visual effects are also seen at 34:55, the sand storm.  The ways the graphics are presented on the screen make it look so real and vivid.  At 44:10, we see Moses as he encounters the Burning Bush.  It is interesting to note that the voice of God coming from the bush is that of Val Kilmer who the voice of Moses in this film is also.  I believe that this was done because it gives God a sense of commonality with the ‘common’ man.  The way Moses hears God is through him so it stands to reason that the sound of Moses’ God would have the same voice as himself.

Later on, when Moses goes before Rameses (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) to tell him to let the Hebrews go, Moses has a stick and as he holds it up, it coils into a live snake.  The sorcerers Hotep, voiced by Steve Martin and Huy, voiced by Martin Short, laugh at his ‘tricks’ and tell him to pick up his stick.  At 55:45, after they say this, there is a shot of the snake on the ground and it hisses at the two sorcerers.  The way the snake hisses and after what has just been said, it almost makes me think that the snake is not simply hissing at them but that he is actually sticking his tongue out at the two.

Earlier in the film, we find out that the Pharoah ordered for the babies to be killed in Egypt which is why Moses’s mother put him in a basket and floated him down the river.  Because of these actions, the viewer thinks of the Pharoah as a horrible person.  Later, (1:11:50) we see Rameses telling Moses yet again that he will not let the Hebrews go.  At this point, Rameses points with a very certain stature to the way he stands.  In the screen shot, you can see the sculpture outside the window of this father and the two are standing the same way.  I feel that this makes the viewer realize that Rameses is becoming just as horrible as his father was.

 


The Last Temptation of Christ

May 20, 2012

Danielle Mitchell

The Last Temptation Of Christ

In the opening of this film, there are a lot of jump shots.  These jump shots covey an intense, unsettling feeling with the viewer, which are full of dramatic tones and suspense.  When we see Jesus in his home and Judas enters to find him building a crucifix there is great rage in Judas.  He says that Jesus is a ‘Jew killing Jews’ and how will he ‘pay for his sins?’  Jesus states ‘With my life.’ This foreshadows what will happen later in the film.  Jesus does pay with his life but rather than for his own sins, it is for the sins of the rest of the world.  The man for whom the crucifix was made is charged with multiple offenses but the most striking is for prophesying a messiah will come.  It is interesting that it is Jesus who builds a crucifix for a person accused of a crime such as this.

About 15 minutes into the film, Jesus enters the place where men pay for sex.  On the door there is a picture of coiled snakes.  The snake is associated with Satan and evil, does this mean that prostitution is a sin? A symbol of the sinning taking place behind closed doors?  When we encounter Jesus as he draws a circle on the floor of the desert to sit in and wait for God to speak to him, the screen suddenly goes black and when dim light comes back it is the temptation screen where Satan tempts Jesus.  The sudden darkness can be associated with the coming of Satan since he and evil are often represented as darkness.  Also, however simply the temptation scene is constructed, it was beautifully done.  It gets to the point of the temptation and without a lot of complicated events.  In this case, less is certainly more.

This script was beautifully written. Each word, phrase, speech has such purpose and conveys great amounts of emotion.  I am a big fan of Martin Scorsese’s work and Willem Dafoe is one of my favorite actors.  The two together, along with all the others, create such an amazing film I could hardly take notes while watching, all I wanted to do was focus on the film.


The Passion of Christ

May 14, 2012

A lot like  controversial movie The Life of Brian, Mel Gibbson’s The Passion of the Christ was also a very controversial movie. Which I’ve seen a bunch of times. I thought this to be a great movie. Speaking in the language of the the ancient Romans gives you a real feel and sense of the time in which you are viewing. I also did think the actors did an amazing job as whom they were supposed to be. The physical suffering of Jesus was portrayed very strongly throughout the entire movie; the agony and pain of the whippings, the pain of walking from Jerusalem to Golgotha, the pain of being nailed to the cross and lifted up was so strongly depicted in this movie that sometimes it became hard to watch. The imagery is extremely grotesque. Blood is everywhere, and the flesh of the character playing Jesus is heavily abused. The movie overall does well at staying with the message of the Scriptures. Even though it does seem to me that Gibbson added a few parts it still doesn’t change anything or the way the scripture really portrays to us Jesus’ last 12 hours. One part i remember  that i do not remember from the scriptural was while while Jesus carries the cross. He falls, as he falls Mary has a flashback to his childhood and he falls and Mary goes running after him and scoops him up in her arms. This part although not in the scripture brings great emotion to the scene. Showing the relationship and bond between mother and son. The passion of the Christ was said to be an anti-Semitic movie, which i do not agree with. In the movie Gibbson portrays the Jewish people to be how they were portrayed in the scriptures. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall i think this to be an excellent movie that stays relatively close to the true meanings and depictions in the scripture.

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The life of Brian

May 14, 2012

The life of Brian was a movie that i have never heard of or ever seen before. After watching it I begin to see how interesting it was and did a little background information on it. As i was looking through the background information i was trying to see what it was everyone had been talking about. Upon doing research I found out that this movie was banded in the the UK and was considered blasphemous. Some of the bans were just removed as of the late 2000’s. So knowing this about the movie when i watched it i found a few parts that would appear blasphemous but to me as a christian watching it was not offended by the movie at all. One big part would have to be the end of the movie when Brian is crucified on the cross. As he hangs the line of one of the other men on the cross is “it’s not so bad once your up here”. If it was Jesus whom they were saying it to i can see it as being offensive but it was not actually Jesus, so the movie to me in this scene did not offend me. I found the people who filmed and directed the movie to be more offensive. As i was doing research i found this quote that bashes the christians and my faith. The director, Terry Jones stated one day in response to the films poor publicity “Any religion that makes a form of torture into an-icon that they worship seems to me a pretty sick sort of religion quite honestly”. I found the movie to be entertaining not so much as offensive, it wasn’t a direct depiction of Jesus and my faith.

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Son of Man: A Modern Political Statement and Portrayal of Jesus & His Story

May 8, 2012

Son of Man, a 2006 film by Mark Dornford-May, is a revitalizing and innovative interpretation of the story of Jesus. Dornford-May in my opinion not only unraveled the story of Jesus in a new way, but also brought to life the idea of what would it be like if Jesus were amongst us today—not in the United States but rather in an impoverished country in Africa. This is impactful because Jesus’ story did take place amongst the poor, and over two thousand years later, such places of poverty still exist. It made me think of how thousands of years have passed, only to still have so much destitution alive and well in our ‘modern’ world.

                                                  

As seen in the photo above, Jesus (as well as all of the other actors in the film) is African. Dornford-May took a risk in having such a cast because of the conventional idea that we have of biblical characters. Nonetheless, I feel it was a clever and smart move for two reasons: 1-because it made me as a viewer to see the story of Jesus in a new and refreshing manner, and 2-because all the actors, despite having an unconventional appearance, in my opinion were engaging and convincing at the same time. All-too familiar characters suddenly had new vivacity. Jesus, as played by Andile Kosi was one of the most ideal versions of Jesus I have come to observe. He gracefully and naturally blended all the characteristics we know Jesus to have: kindness, charisma, strength, passion, and a captivating aura. We are shown Jesus growing up from a child to a man after the 22 minute mark, with Jesus washing his face as an adult and as if he is remembering all the atrocities he’s seen since he was young. Fade shots smoothly transitioning his experiences in order as he’s washing his face allows in my opinion for the viewer to connect not only with Jesus’ moment of reflection as if we were thinking alongside him, but also serves as a way for us to accept all the more that the man we see playing Jesus is actually Jesus.

What I found interesting was that the story of Jesus was transposed via raw footage. Throughout the film, we are believing as viewers that what we see is actually happening because we see Jesus’ miracles being shot through a ‘live’ camcorder, filming done by Judas. It allows for a more intimate take, as if instead of viewing it as a documentary, we are experiencing everything with the other witnesses. Events like Jesus saving a possessed young girl, a paraplegic young boy, and bringing a person back from the dead—all which occur one after the other after the 00:39:45 minute mark—feel like actual present-day miracles.

I feel that Dornford-May took great advantage of the environment in which the film was shot. According to IMDB.com, this film was shot in South Africa, although during the film, we can only infer it takes place in an African town. Throughout the film, there are shots that capture the amazing and beautiful natural scenery that can be found in Africa. I feel this juxtaposes the beauty of what God crafted being known as ‘The Creator’ with the dreadful state in which humankind has left its poor to live in.

 00:40:58-“…those with imperial histories pretend to forget them…” 

 

 00:45:41-Scenery following the action of Jesus raising someone from the dead.

 

00:47:55-Jesus taking a democratic and leading stance, discussing the injustices and corruption affecting today’s people.

Dornford-May, in essence, captured the story of Jesus in a modern-day fashion by presenting the story in an opposite manner. Different continent, different conditions, different-looking people, different circumstances…all made for a more impressive and fascinating interpretation of the story of Jesus while at the same time answering the question ‘what if Jesus were with us today?’ What would he do and how would he react to what is going on in our present day?

The film does this by representing the key figures and events of the original story of Jesus that we are all familiar with, and makes Jesus an optimistic democrat in an area overwhelmed with injustice. In turn, the film not only interprets what is known as the New Testament, but is also a political statement at its core—two concepts that clash in current day and are like polar opposites; considering that religion and politics, especially in the United States, are like oil and water: never able to blend. Even taken out of a religious context, this film provides a sort of political wake-up-call by showing corruption occurring to this day in even the poorest of places, something we can infer that Jesus would be against if he were around today.


Son Of Man

May 7, 2012

Significance of children

One of the most interesting films we watched to date in class Son of Man, we are introduced to an African interpretation of the bible. The media has always portrayed the messiah as a white male. The film starts with the devil tempting Jesus and shifts directly to war and turmoil. The next scene the camera shifts onto Mary in the classroom. She is in complete shock and fear, looking at war going on outside and the children all piled in the classroom in fear. An angel in the form of a child appears and instructs her that she will bare a son that will be destined to be the chosen man. The children act as a symbol for hope and the future. I thought it was very beautiful how the angel was watching Jesus and Mary in refuge taking in daily activities. The angel plays with baby Jesus and even warns him and Mary about trouble coming. When the soldiers come to town to demand the children to register with the militia they show a graphic scene of a child being blanketed and killed. This scene shows Jesus, Mary and the Angel seeing the brutal violence, shows how much importance is put in the children. During Marshall law the children are put down and people are frantic and we just see Jesus sit down and nurse one of the children on his shoulder. I thought this was very powerful that he was the calmest one during the enforcement of the village. The children are a recurring theme throughout the entire film. I thought there was a huge emphasis in how they are the future and the actions of the adults will affect the future generations. The ending shows the resurrection of Jesus and an army of child angels following him to the hilltop. I thought it ended with the constant theme of children in major events of the film indicating their importance in the present and future.

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I thought I’d leave you guys with some goodies here. This is the young actress that portrays Mary in the film singing this beautiful song in the beginning.


Life of Brian

May 6, 2012

The Life of Brian was interesting. I wasn’t expecting to see Jesus only once in the movie. I enjoyed the fact it was based on Brian, someone who was born in the next manger over from Jesus; rather than a film all about Jesus, it made it different than the rest. The Life of Brian satirizes the 1960’s and 1970’s which is also different and not really seen in biblical films. Throughout the parody there was some seriousness which consisted of the mocking of the ridiculousness of religious fanaticism. The question of why people do not think for themselves is continually popping up throughout the film. Both Jesus and Brian have many followers. I do not understand why people were offended by the film, you cannot always have a serious movie based on biblical features, and there must be some films that can capture a different audience. Jesus was portrayed very respectively in this movie, and that is all you could ask for.


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