The students are required to read and summarize the biblical texts before watching the movie. They then have to watch the movie and write a review that is due before class. This exercise alone is invaluable for teaching how every reading of the Bible always requires an interpretation which is invariably colored by the cultural norms of the day. During class, we focus on particular movie scenes/biblical passages which we analyze with the help of film theory and biblical criticism. Similarly, the student presentations and writing assignments encourage the analysis of how the biblical text and ancient biblical narratives are transformed and adapted into the quintessential modern art form of film. By considering the historical and cultural contexts
of the Bible, and the manner by which its stories are brought to the silver screen, we improve our understanding of the biblical narrative and how it is made relevant for modern audiences.