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: BN9700T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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.

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

3.

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

Unit sequence

Foundation level New Testament study or equivalent.

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Journal (equivalent 1000 words)

20.0

Essay (1500 words)

25.0

Critical Review (3500 words)

55.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-12 08:30:52 +1100