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Many novels revolve round the figure of Jesus. Some of the finest of them are defined by Ziolkowski as fictional transfigurations of Jesus. They share a modern hero patterned on Jesus the culture-hero, whose life consisted of the motifs of the last supper, lonely agony, betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. The aesthetic challenge of adapting this most familiar story for their generation has attracted an unusual number of great writers, among them Papini, Kazantzakis, Hesse, Mann, Greene, Faulkner, and Gore Vidal. The form began with the new image of a humanized Jesus which developed in the 19th century. The interest in religious paranoia and hysteria at the turn of the century instantly expanded its potentialities as novelists began to explore the theme of christomania. This was followed by studies of Jesus as a mythic figure and then Marxist-oriented portraits of Comrade Jesus. Finally the form became inverted into parody in the Fifth Gospels in which not Jesus, but Judas, is the central figure.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2002-04-12
File: 326 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781579109318

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At the heart of Christian theology lies a paradox unintelligible to other religions and to secular humanism: that in the person of Jesus, God became man, and suffered on the cross to effect humanity's salvation. In his dual nature as mortal and divinity, and unlike the impassable God of other monotheisms, Christ thus became accessible to artistic representation. Hence the figure of Jesus has haunted and compelled the imagination of artists and writers for 2,000 years. This was never more so than in the 20th Century, in a supposedly secular age, when the Jesus of popular fiction and film became perhaps more familiar than the Christ of the New Testament. In Re-Writing Jesus: Christ in 20th Century Fiction and Film Graham Holderness explores how writers and film-makers have sought to recreate Christ in work as diverse as Anthony Burgess's Man of Nazareth and Jim Crace's Quarantine, to Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. These works are set within a longer and broader history of 'Jesus novels' and 'Jesus films', a lineage traced back to Ernest Renan and George Moore, and explored both for their reflections of contemporary Christological debates, and their positive contributions to Christian theology. In its final chapter, the book draws on the insights of this tradition of Christological representation to creatively construct a new life of Christ, an original work of theological fiction that both subsumes the history of the form, and offers a startlingly new perspective on the biography of Christ.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Graham Holderness
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release: 2014-11-20
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781472573339

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In this book, Charitini Christodoulou argues that a certain perception of openness that she calls “dialogic” permeates Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation. Partly based on Umberto Eco’s theory in Opera Aperta and Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism, the term “dialogic openness” refers to the idea of antithetical forces clashing and thus revealing different forms of tension that are not resolved at the end of the novel. Thus, it is shown that subjectivity and meaning is always in the process of becoming. The different aspects of identity formation unfold before the eyes of the reader, who becomes a witness to the leading characters’ process of becoming. Christodoulou demonstrates that there are dialogic elements in tension, which can only be brought forth not as a synthesis, such as the stylistics of a genre implies, but as openness perceived as a process of identity formation.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Charitini Christodoulou
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release: 2012-11-15
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781443843010

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This volume examines the Bible's role in the modern world, with a focus on its dissemination throughout the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

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Genre: Bibles
Author: John Riches
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2015-04-13
File: 868 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780521858236

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David Bethea examines the distinctly Russian view of the "end" of history in five major works of modern Russian fiction. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: David M. Bethea
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2014-07-14
File: 328 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400859658

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Films with Jesus or Jesus-like characters have been part of movies since the earliest days, and Walsh explores just what kind of impact they have had on their audiences.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Richard Walsh
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2003-10-01
File: 209 Pages
ISBN-13: 156338387X

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Analyzing the thematic and formal characteristics of six contemporary Brazilian novels, this study explores the use of myth and its ideological implications. The writers examined are Maria Alice Barroso, Clarice Lispector, Jorge Amado, Carlos Heitor Cony, Adonias Filho, and Autran Dourado.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Daphne Patai
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Release: 1983
File: 260 Pages
ISBN-13: 0838631320

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: John R. May
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
Release: 1982
File: 257 Pages
ISBN-13: 087049368X

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Late twentieth-century Jesus novels carve out a completely new picture of Jesus. Those written by Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago, Michèle Roberts, Marianne Fredriksson, and Ki Longfellow, among others, provide inversive revisions of the canonical Gospels. Their adaptations often turn into a critique of the whole of Christian history. The contrast novels investigated in this study end up with appropriations that are based on prototypical rewriting. They aim at the rehabilitation of Judas, and some of them make Mary Magdalene the key figure of Christianity. Saramago describes God as a bloodthirsty tyrant, and Mailer makes God battle the devil in a Manichaen sense as with an equal. The main result of this intertextual analysis is that these authors have adopted Nietzschean ideas in their writing. An attack on the so-called biblical slave morality and violent concept of God deprives Jesus of his Jewish messianic identity, makes Old Testament law a contradiction of life, calls sacrificial soteriology a violent paradigm supporting oppression, and presents God as a cruel monster. As a result, Jewish faith appears in a negative light. Apparently, Western culture still harbours anti-Judaic attitudes, albeit hidden beneath sentiments of equality and tolerance. Timo Eskola skillfully shows that despite the evident post-Holocaust consciousness present in the novels, they actually adopt an arrogant and ironic refutation of Jewish beliefs and Old Testament faith.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Timo Eskola
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2011-09-09
File: 348 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781630875947

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This is a book about Jesus of Nazareth. It is not a book about story, nor about narrative theology. Hans Frei was not a theologian of story or of narrative in any general way, and this book is neither about the narrative quality of our existence and the gospel's relation to that quality, nor about the narrative shape of the Scriptures as a whole and the call on us to place ourselves within that narrative. Rather, this is a book about the way in which Jesus of Nazareth's identity is rendered by the Gospels--largely the Synoptic Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Luke, and especially in the passion and resurrection sequences--by means of a certain kind of narrative. --from the Foreword by Mike Higton

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Genre: Religion
Author: Hans W. Frei
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2013-11-19
File: 262 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781630874612

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