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Jesus & Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: The Film, The Gospels and The Claims of History

Edited by Kathleen Corley, Department of Religious Studies & Anthropology and Robert Webb 

"Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is not only a powerful and evocative film, it is also an important cultural phenomenon. Claims and accusations about his film have been made in newspapers on television, and from pulpits. In particular, claims have been made that the film is accurate to the stories in the Gospels and to history." This book brings together top international scholars to help you understand the similarities and differences between this film and the Gospels and the claims of history. Although the film has been greeted as an accurate portrayal of the gospels, it can be shown that it is not as true to the gospels as has been assumed, and should not be taken as true to what we know about Jesus and his death. Written in clear, non-technical language, this book will help you understand the issues being discussed and make an informed evaluation.

An exciting and engaging book that will appeal not only to academics but to the film-viewing public, educated lay-persons and students.  Not only will the book aid this audience in a greater appreciation of the film 'The Passion of the Christ' but perhaps more importantly it will enable the reader to distinguish between both the contents of the film and the contents of the Gospels and between the contents of the film and what may be historically reconstructed about Jesus.

Furthermore the book will aid the reader to appreciate the contributions that the study of the Gospels and the historical study of Jesus can make to the discussion of the film 'The Passion of the Christ'.

Jesus and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is edited by Kathleen E. Corley, Oshkosh Northwestern Distinguished Professor and Professor of New Testament at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Robert L. Webb, an independent scholar living near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other contributors are:

Dr. John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus of religious Studies at DePaul University, Illinois.
Dr. Helen K. Bond, Lecturer in New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh, UK;
Dr. Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada;
Dr Mark Goodacre, Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK;
Dr. Glenna S. Jackson, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio;
Dr. Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois;
Dr. Mark Allan Powell, Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio;
Alan F. Segal, Professor of Religion and Ingeborg Rennert Professor of Jewish Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York;
Dr. W. Barnes Tatum, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Greensboro College, North Carolina;
David J. Goa, Curator Emeritus at the Provincial Museum of Alberta and a Fellow of the M.V. Dimic Institute for the Study of Culture at the University of Alberta.

Paperback: 208 pages; Publisher: Continuum ; (August 2004) ISBN 082647781X

Women and the Historical Jesus: Feminist Myths of Christian Origins

by Kathleen Corley, Department of Religious Studies 

Women and the Historical Jesus by Kathleen CorleyFor decades scholars have argued that Jesus' teaching fostered inclusive communities and the full participation of women. Now Kathleen Corley challenges the assumption that Jesus himself fought patriarchal limitations on women. Rather her analysis of his authentic teaching suggests that, while Jesus critiques class and slave/free distinctions in his culture, his critique did not extend to unequal gender distinctions. The presence of women among his disciples, she says, is explained on the basis of the presence of women among many Greco-Roman religions and philosophical groups, including the Judaism of Jesus' own day.

Paperback: 264 pages ; Publisher: Polebridge Press; (October 2002) ISBN: 0944344933

Private Women, Public Meals

by Kathleen Corley, Department of Religious Studies 

Private Women Public Meals by Kathleen CorleyThis work, a revision of the author's Claremont dissertation, examines how women's differing roles in the ancient Greco-Roman world are reflected in the Gospel portraits of women. Focusing on women's varying portrayals in meal or banquet settings, Corley uncovers evidence that women's roles were undergoing radical social change throughout the Greco-Roman world - both in moving toward equality and in returning to a more traditional role. Such spadework helps us in analyzing the conflicting portrayals of women in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Bibliography, notes, and an index of ancient sources render this an invaluable tool for studying women in the Synoptics and ancient social attitudes toward women. This volume should be of particular interest to pastors and teachers, as well as college, university, and seminary students.

Using the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Corley analyzes the roles of women (especially as they were portrayed in meal or banquet settings) in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to show how a woman's status was undergoing radical social changes--both in moving toward equality and in returning to more traditional roles.

Hardcover: 240 pages; Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.; (November 1, 1993) ISBN: 1565630033

Kathleen E. Corley is the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Professor of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has also served as Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity in Claremont, CA, the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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E-mail Kathleen Corley at: corley@uwosh.edu

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