The young Jesus bringing birds to life: three films that have depicted this tale from one of the apocryphal gospels

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The Infancy Gospel of Thomas — an apocryphal gospel that probably dates to the 2nd century AD — tells a story in which Jesus, at the age of five, makes twelve sparrows out of clay and then claps his hands and tells them to fly away. Although this story appears nowhere in the New Testament, some variation on it has appeared in at least three different films about Jesus, one of which is coming out later this week.

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Risen: a scene guide (with clips and scriptural references)

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Two years ago, I made a spreadsheet charting the similarities and differences between The Bible and its big-screen spin-off Son of God. Last year, I wrote detailed recaps for each episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, noting how the series made use of both the scriptures and secular history. Now it’s Risen’s turn to go under the microscope.

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The Young Messiah soundtrack now available for pre-order

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More than one Jesus film over the last dozen years has made a point of drawing on the talent that went into Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

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Watch: Jesus deals with bullies, relatives, an escaped slave and a centurion in five new clips from The Young Messiah

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Risen isn’t the only Jesus movie coming out in the near future. The Young Messiah — which follows the journey of Jesus and his relatives from Egypt back to Nazareth when Jesus is only seven years old — comes out March 11, and the studio has released five new clips (via WingClips) to pique our interest. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to produce live Nativity musical

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Are live musical versions of popular Bible stories the next big thing?

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How many Star Wars actors have also been in Bible movies?

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If you’re a Bible-movie buff and a space-movie buff like me, then you can’t help but notice how the two genres sometimes overlap.

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