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The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (Part 1 and 2)
Burnette-Bletsch, Rhonda, editor

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016 pp. xvi + 896; ix + 415. $335.00

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Handbooks of the Bible and Its Reception, 2


Description: This two-part volume contains a comprehensive collection of original studies by well-known scholars focusing on the Bibleís wide-ranging reception in world cinema. It is organized into sections examining the rich cinematic afterlives of selected characters from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament; considering issues of biblical reception across a wide array of film genres, ranging from noir to anime; featuring directors, from Lee Chang-dong to the Coen brothers, whose body of work reveals an enduring fascination with biblical texts and motifs; and offering topical essays on cinemaís treatment of selected biblical themes (e.g., lament, apocalyptic), particular interpretive lenses (e.g., feminist interpretation, queer theory), and windows into biblical reception in a variety of world cinemas (e.g., Indian, Israeli, and Third Cinema). This handbook is intended for scholars of the Bible, religion, and film as well as for a wider general audience.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Other Methods, Reception History

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Review by Laura Copier
Published 5/16/2019
Citation: Laura Copier, review of Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, ed., The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (Part 1 and 2), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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