City Lecturer to Discuss Movies' Take on the Bible

The Birmingham Post (England), April 13, 2006 | Go to article overview

City Lecturer to Discuss Movies' Take on the Bible


Byline: By Rhona Ganguly

Directors have been fascinated with the stories of the Bible since Hollywood first started making films.

From films depicting the life of Christ to Moses and the Ten Commandments, the silver screen has recreated some of the Bible's most significant stories for mass commercial consumption.

With Easter fast approaching, Birmingham University theologian Robert Beckford has been examining the ways in which these stories have been portrayed in films.

The lecturer has been chosen to narrate The Passion: Film, Faith and Fury, which looks at the way in which biblical stories have reflected the social and political thinking of the time.

The two-hour special, which be screened on Channel 4 at 7pm on March 14, will explore the 90-year history of Hollywood's fascination with the Bible.

Dr Beckford, who lectures in African Diasporan religions and cultures, said: "It is a kind of theological Film 2006 with an historical perspective.

"The central focus is that these films tell us more about the times in which we live than they do about Jesus and the Bible stories. …

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