Biblical film has artful vision

 

My wife and I were deeply moved by the recently released movie Son Of God. As a liberal-minded student of the Bible, I was prepared to see the story of Jesus presented like the old Bible films we see on television where the story is told with invented dialogue in dramatic scenes from the text of the Bible.

The life and teachings of Jesus are presented in such an artful and believable way that the viewer is drawn into the story and, without realizing it, is prepared to view the scenes of the whipping and crucifixion of Jesus as if present with the people in the story.

The movie draws at will from the four Gospel sources to weave together a single account of Jesus — his friends and his adversaries. The viewer is taken beyond skepticism into compassion where sympathy for Jesus and a participation in his story bring together both sorrow and joy and lift one to a new level of understanding of well-known and powerful themes.

Be sure to see it.

Rev. John F. Stanton,

North Bay Village

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