Why is Jesus crying in this image from the new Ben-Hur?

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Damaris Media in the UK has posted a set of community resources in connection with the upcoming release of Ben-Hur, including a church discussion guide and a youth activity pack, and along the way they have also provided some new photos from the upcoming film — including an image of Jesus shedding tears while he prays.

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A virtual-reality Jesus movie is coming this Christmas from the makers of Left Behind and The Passion of the Christ

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The Jesus-movie genre is branching into a couple of high-tech formats this year.

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Watch: Kevin Sorbo plays the titular carpenter in the first trailer for Joseph & Mary, coming to DVD next month

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Seems like I can’t get away from movies about the holy family right now.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)

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The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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Watch: Four new clips from The Young Messiah, plus a clip from one of the bonus features coming to Blu-Ray tomorrow

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I just learned that WingClips, a website that specializes in film clips for sermons etc., has yanked four of the videos that they originally posted from The Young Messiah and replaced them with four new clips, to go with a new “family study guide”.

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Watch: New Ben-Hur trailer has even more footage of Jesus

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Ben-Hur comes to theatres on August 19 — that’s just over two months from now — so it’s time for another trailer. And the newest trailer features even more footage of Jesus, whose face was famously kept hidden in the earlier films based on this story.

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