Content

This unit explores the portrayal of Jesus in modern film. By viewing representative films and film-clips in conjunction with selected readings, the course analyzes and assesses the cinematic depiction of Jesus in these films in light of the findings of modern biblical scholarship and the historical record found in the New Testament Gospels and other literature. This unit will also foster a critical awareness of how Jesus films influence viewers’ perceptions about Jesus and the early Jesus movement.

Unit Code: BN3700T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Critique the portrayal of Jesus in films where Jesus is the chief character in light of biblical texts

2.

Describe how various narratives (biblical and non-biblical), genres and cultures have influenced the portrayal of Jesus in film.

3.

Discuss the ways in which Jesus films influence viewers’ perceptions about Jesus and the early Jesus movement.

Unit sequence

Introductory level New Testament study or equivalent.

Pedagogy

Viewing film, discussion, reading, analysis, lectures and tutorials.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Journal (1000 words)

20.0

Essay (1500)

30.0

Critical Review (2500 words)

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-05 12:14:46 +1100