Friday, February 29, 2008

Times article on The Passion

Tomorrow's Times has a great write-up of The Passion by Garry Jenkins. I met Jenkins last night; he was actually over in Morocco for some of the filming and he has provided a pretty full account:

The BBC's bold new interpretation of The Passion
Jesus is a salt-of-the-earth northerner, Mary Magdalene is not a prostitute – oh, and we got the crucifixion all wrong. Welcome to the BBC’s new interpretation of the Passion
Garry Jenkins

And I get a mention too.


Doug Chaplin said...

Well, congratulations you "leading New Testament scholar"

crystal said...

Congratulations. A Jesus movie where Mary M isn't a prostitute - I may have to blog about this :-)

Geoff Hudson said...

Mark wrote: "Good history can generate great drama and one of The Passion's virtues is its sensitivity to historical detail."

What 'historical' detail? Yesterday I came across this rather startling comment by Robert Eisenman in his book James the Brother of Jesus. It reflects Eisenman's suspicions of how the New Testament or the writings attributed to Josephus were garbled. Eisenman wrote (page 858):

"This fits in neatly with the possibility of Josephus transposing traditions of Judas the Galilean with those of the family of Jesus in the New Testament, or vice versa."

Regardless of the context, Eisenman's statement is surely a reflection of the kind of history written by the historians of the Flavian era.

Bob Derrenbacker said...

Mark, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Giles Fraser's review in the Guardian ( When can we expect to view The Passion in N. America?

Mark Goodacre said...

Hi Bob. It is probably going to be on HBO in April 2009, but I've not heard any confirmation on that. Yes, I saw Giles Fraser's article and talked to him on the night. I think he is wrong -- Mawle's depiction of Jesus is fantastic.

i guess i want to read said...

Hello Sir
Good Morning.
This question is out of context, pls pardon me for that

i am having an inkling that Apo Paul aslo lost the battle at Corinth. Is that right?