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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Diane Moderski moderski ADMIN COORDINATOR School of Arts and Sciences Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES & CIVLZT
253
Spring 2019
Fall 2018
The Bible in Movies
In this course we will explore how the Bible comes to life on the silver screen. For millennia scripture has been subject to various forms of interpretation all aimed at extracting meaning from this essentially multi-vocal text. Transferring an ancient text like the Bible to a contemporary medium like film requires a similar process of interpretation as modern audiences expect to be presented with a meaningful movie that contains a coherent plot. In order to illustrate the selective process by which biblical narratives are turned into Hollywood epics, we will avail ourselves of biblical criticism and film theory. A close reading of biblical texts in conjunction with the movies they inspired will help us appreciate the rich nature of storytelling in the Bible. Furthermore, it will allow us to explore the different ways in which the message of the Bible has been made relevant in a largely secular society. In this course we will watch David and Bathsheba, The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, Ruth, The Prince of Egypt, Exodus, Noah and many others.
CIMS 253 - The Bible in Movies
JWST 238 - The Bible in Movies
RELS 253 - The Bible in Movies
 

Foundational Approach

Course not offered every year
Cross Cultural Analysis
 
 
 
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Methods of Assessment

 
 
 

Cross Cultural Analysis

 
This course is unique because it examines not only the social values, institutions, and patterns of organization of one culture. Instead we are dealing with two cultures: The culture of the Bible and the ancient world and the culture of Hollywood. For millennia scripture has been subject to various forms of interpretation all aimed at extracting meaning from this essentially multi-vocal text. Transferring an ancient text like the Bible to a contemporary medium like film requires a similar process of interpretation as modern audiences expect to be presented with a meaningful movie that contains a coherent plot. In order to illustrate the selective process by which biblical narratives are turned into Hollywood epics, we avail ourselves of biblical criticism and film theory.
 
A close reading of biblical texts in conjunction with the movies they inspired will help us appreciate the rich nature of storytelling in the Bible. Furthermore, it allows us to explore the different ways in which the message of the Bible has been made relevant in a largely secular society.
 
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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.

Cultural Diversity in the US

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quantitative Data Analysis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Formal Reasoning

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Key: 821