Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Z for Zachariah

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Z for Zachariah

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Z for Zachariah

(2015)

Craig Zobel

Zechariah is an Old Testament prophet who had a message for the Jews who returned from exile after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Keep your faith in God, even though your faith may have been shaken by the destruction of the Temple and your exile. And, rebuild the temple.

Z is For Zachariah is the story of three people who survive a nuclear event and find themselves together in a valley that is safe from the nuclear radiation that has covered the Earth. Instead of rebuilding the Temple, they are building a huge waterwheel that will be used to bring electricity back to the valley, thereby providing them with a return to normality.

Beyond this simple parallel, however, any story about the last three human beings left on the earth is an opportunity to explore the very nature of our humanity and our relationship to the Creator. …

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