Film is a dominant art form in our society. Jesus Christ is one of the most dominant historical figures for over two millennia. What happens when the two combine?
This course seeks to explore how Hebrew and Christian Scriptures have been employed in the service of film. We will examine images of Jesus not only from the perspective of the four canonical Gospels, but also compare and contrast them with the images of Jesus as dramatized in various films.
Also, this course seeks to explore how the media, in the words of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, "influences the values, judgments, and actions of U.S. society." By examining how Jesus, and the values he lived by, is depicted in film -- from the traditional to the provocative -- one can increase one's understanding of the Word himself and more fully grasp how the media impacts one's value system, judgment and faith life.