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Hollywood Jesus is drawn from Chapter Two, beginning on page 47, of Volume Four, Darkness Descends of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

From De Mille to Scorsese, the movie-Christ sometimes parted from the biblical portrayal

Hollywood Jesus - Hollywood’s Jesus

Hollywood Jesus - Hollywood’s Jesus

Director Cecil B. De Mille treated Jesus reverentially in his 1927 silent movie “King of Kings,” setting the standard for a rash of cinema “spectacles” that followed, including a 1961 “King of Kings” remake with Jeffrey Hunter (2). Though respectful portrayals would continue in such movies as Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 “Jesus of Nazareth” (1), some overcautious filmmakers depicted Jesus as meek, mild and even effeminate–a woefully inaccurate rendering of his powerful New Testament personality. Perhaps in reaction, the end of the century brought iconoclastic tales of Jesus to the big screen and to television. Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” 1988 (3), sparked worldwide protests with its scene of Christ living out visions of a “normal,” which is to say sexual, life with a tattooed Mary Magdalene. In 2003, actor/director Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” drew charges of anti-Semitism for its account of some Jewish leaders’ involvement in the Crucifixion.

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