Movies about Jesus

Liberal Scholar Bart Ehrman lists his favorite Jesus movies. No surprises: Jesus of Montreal, The Last Temptation of Christ; Jesus Christ Superstar; Passolini’s The Gospel according to St. Matthew, and Monty Python’sThe LIfe of Brian.

Now, I know some orthodox Christians who would agree with the mention of Passolini’s film (which I haven’t seen).

I can’t say I’ve been entirely happy with any movie about Jesus. I probably like Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth best, and some aspects of The Gospel of John (except the incessant repetition of “I am telling you the truth!”). I like the non-Passion flashbacks of The Passion of The Christ.

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  1. Hands down, my favorite Jesus film to date is the British stop-action production, “The Miracle Maker.” It was hardly advertised when it aired on ABC on Easter, 2001, I think. I managed to catch it and loved it from the first! It’s an unstuffy, orthodox portrayal of the Gospels. Jesus is strong, yet imbued with a mild sense of humor (his voice is provided by Ralph Fiennes). Unlike the static, zen-like sermon deliveries of other Hollywood Jesuses, this Jesus moves about, using the sense of touch to convey the message of God’s love and caring. Parables and memory flashbacks are delightfully rendered in standard animation technique.

    You can find a brief review and trailer here .

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