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The Bible in Motion

A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film

Edited by: Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch
This two-part volume contains a comprehensive collection of original studies by well-known scholars focusing on the Bible’s 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 cinema’s 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.

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Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch,Eastern University,St. Davids, PA, USA.


"The volumes are an excellent point of departure and sure guide for all who want to enter and contribute to this fascinating field ofthe reception ofthe Bible."Christoph Stenschke in: OTE 31/1 (2018), 280-287 "Resta-nos frisar a importância que esta publicação tem para o estudo da recepção da Bíblia na cultura contemporânea, mais especificamente no cinema, sendo que não temos dúvidas de que se constituirá como instrumento de trabalho essencial para quem de futuro desejar prosseguir estudos neste domínio."Nuno Simões Rodrigues in: Cadmo. Revista de História Antiga 27 (2019), 282-283
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