Re: [XTalk] Book on The Passion
- Zeba Crook wrote:
> What strikes me asIt may, however, be a superficial assessment. The
> interesting about it immediately is the range of
> scholars collected here
> in terms of where they sit on the proverbial
> liberal-conservative scale.
> I think that bodes very well for a balanced
blurb in Publisher's Weekly implies that Crossan and
Goodacre alone offer any substance:
"For Crossan, The Passion presents a 'vision of a
savage God' animated by anti-Semitism... For Goodacre,
the film can be seen as an 'extraordinary powerful
vision' in which the anti-Semitic tendencies in
Gibson's sources have been muted... Unfortunately, the
remaining essays in this book, by an even-handed
assortment of scholars, rarely equal Crossan's and
Goodacre's incisive arguments...[their] nuggets of
insight are obscured by wooden interpretations that
rarely do justice to Gibson's passionate, provocative
filmmaking." (7/12/04, p 60)
Having read Crossan's review of the film months ago --
which is itself a wooden (and sanctimonious)
interpretation -- I'm pretty much going to be reading
this book for Mark Goodacre's essay(s). Hopefully I'll
be pleasantly surprised by some of the other
contributors as well.
Loren Rosson III
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