Son of Man: An African Jesus — new book coming in 2013

Nearly seven and a half years ago, I blogged the news that some South African filmmakers were preparing a modern-day version of the life of Jesus, featuring a primarily black cast. Less than a year later, the film — called Jezile or, in English, Son of Man — began touring the festival circuit, and I posted links to some of the early reviews. And then, a few months later, I was able to offer my own (very brief) two bits when I caught the film at a local festival. (I also gave a nod to the film in an article I wrote around that time on ethnicity in Jesus films.)

I haven’t seen the film since then, but friends of mine have taken a deeper look at it every now and then. Matt Page, of the Bible Films Blog, has posted several in-depth looks at the film and its themes, and now I am told that Sheffield Phoenix Press is publishing a collection of essays next year called Son of Man: An African Jesus. The book is edited by Richard Walsh, Jeffrey L. Staley and Adele Reinhartz, and it includes 17 essays by a wide range of scholars, including Jesus-movie experts whose works I have reviewed in the past, plus two scholars who edited books on Jesus movies that I have contributed to in the past. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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