Watch: Five videos on the Lumo Project and its word for word adaptation of The Gospel of John

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The Lumo Project’s word-for-word adaptation of The Gospel of John debuted on Netflix a few months ago, but I’ve been so busy keeping track of various other projects since then that I haven’t had a chance to write my review of it yet.

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New film based on John’s gospel comes to Netflix next week

lumoprojectThe gospels are coming to Netflix!

Well, one of the gospels is, at any rate. The Lumo Project issued a press release yesterday announcing that The Gospel of John, the first in a four-film series based on all four gospels, will begin streaming on Netflix this coming Monday.

This is the second word-for-word adaptation of John’s gospel. The first, produced by The Visual Bible, came out in 2003. (Bruce Marchiano, who starred in The Visual Bible’s adaptation of Matthew, has been raising money to make his own version of John for the past eight years, but hasn’t actually made it yet.)

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Newsbites: Clavius! The Dovekeepers! Black Nativity! Book of Amos!

clavius-tomfeltonFour quick Bible-movie-ish items.

1. I somehow missed the fact that Clavius, which concerns a Roman soldier investigating reports of the Resurrection of Jesus, started shooting a couple weeks ago. Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, posted some photos to Instagram — and apparently he’s playing a character named Lucius, which also happened to be the name of Draco Malfoy’s father.

In addition to Felton and Joseph Fiennes, who is playing the presumably titular Roman investigator, the film’s IMDb page lists several actors who are playing well-known Bible characters — and at least two of those actors have extensive experience in the Bible-movie genre already.

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The latest attempt to film all four gospels word-for-word

Every now and then, someone embarks on a quixotic quest to film the entire Bible, word for word. In the 1970s, the Genesis Project got as far as filming the books of Genesis and Luke, the latter of which was condensed into the Jesus film that is now distributed by Campus Crusade. More recently, there was the Visual Bible, which produced adaptations of Matthew and Acts in the 1990s and then, after a change of ownership, an adaptation of The Gospel of John in 2003.

Yesterday I came across what seems like a more modest project: an attempt to film all four gospels under the collective title the Lumo Project.

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The death, resurrection, and second death of Lazarus

One of the recurring themes in the Gospel of John is that the people healed by Jesus faced ostracism and worse from some of their fellow Jews. You see it in the story of the man who was born blind: after Jesus gave him sight, he was thrown out of the synagogue for refusing to deny that Jesus was the Messiah. And you see it in the story of Lazarus: after Jesus raised him from the dead, he became such a celebrity that the chief priests plotted to have him killed.

This last detail is often forgotten in dramatic depictions of the raising of Lazarus — possibly because John’s gospel never tells us whether the plot succeeded — but a few films have acknowledged it one way or another. Three come to mind.

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History and tradition in movie depictions of the Cross.

Western Easter came and went last week, but the Eastern churches are currently only half-way through the Lenten season, so yesterday was, for us, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Precious Cross.

Thinking about this, I inevitably started thinking about Jesus movies, and I began to think about the fact that the recent mini-series The Bible has joined Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ in taking a step back from recent “historically accurate” depictions of the Crucifixion towards a more traditional sort of iconography.

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