Four Jesus films make Pop Classics’ “ancient movies” list

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Juliette Harrisson, who writes about films and TV shows with a Greco-Roman hook at the always enjoyable Pop Classics blog, has posted a list of her ten favorite “ancient historical movies and TV shows” — and it includes four Jesus films. Check it out here. (And if you haven’t checked out her post on Pontius Pilate in film yet, do.)

Su Re — a Rashomon-like version of the Passion?

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Most Jesus films tell a coherent story, or at least they try to: either they are based on a single gospel, or they try to “harmonize” the gospels by including certain story elements while omitting others. One film, however, makes a point of underlining the differences and even contradictions between the four canonical gospels.

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How two word-for-word adaptations of The Gospel of John use bits from the other gospels (and Acts) as well

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There aren’t that many word-for-word film adaptations of the Bible out there, but the genre — which got its start with The Genesis Project’s adaptations of Luke and the first half of Genesis in the 1970s — has grown to the point where we now have two very different films based on the same biblical text, namely the gospel of John.

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Ewan McGregor’s Jesus-and-Satan movie goes to Scotland

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It has been five months since Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — premiered at Sundance, and the film still does not have a distributor, as far as I know. But it has made the rounds at a few more festivals since then, and this week it came to Edinburgh in McGregor’s native Scotland.

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode eleven

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Season 1, Episode 11 — ‘Rise Up’
Acts 8-9

Editing Acts, redux. The eleventh episode of A.D. The Bible Continues covers two stories from the book of Acts, including one that would have been covered three episodes ago if the series had followed the narrative sequence in Acts.

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode ten

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Season 1, Episode 10 — ‘Brothers in Arms’
Acts 9:28-31

Editing Acts, redux. The tenth episode of A.D. The Bible Continues is based on just a few verses from Acts 9, but it also borrows elements from other passages in Acts.

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