The University of California Press is pleased to announce the publication of:
On _The Passion of the Christ_: Exploring the Issues Raised by the Controversial Movie
Paula Fredriksen is Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University. She is the author of _Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews_ (National Jewish Book Award for Interfaith Relations), and_ From Jesus to Christ_ (Yale Governors' Award, Best Book). She has appeared as featured speaker in the PBS documentary _From Jesus to Christ_ and served as historical consultant for the BBC production _The Lives of Jesus_ and for _U.S. News and World Report_'s "The Life and Times of Jesus."
"These essays are well-informed, interesting, and written in an accessible style. The perspectives represented raise unexpected and important issues, eliciting the reader's engagement and creating an absorbing conversation."-Margaret R. Miles, author of _Seeing and Believing: Religion and Values in the Movies_
_The Passion of the Christ,_ directed by Mel Gibson, was a commercial success of astonishing proportions, ranking as one of the highest grossing films of all time. It also unleashed a torrent of controversy and debate, provoking passionate responses, both negative and positive, from people of widely divergent backgrounds and beliefs. Exposing fundamental differences of opinion about everything from the historical reliability of gospel stories to the political power of Hollywood, the film continues to stir up accusations of anti-Semitism, gratuitous violence, and gross misrepresentation of the Bible. This book-whose contributors include theologians, journalists, academics, and clergy from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish traditions-provides a wide spectrum of views and backgrounds. The essays consider the historical and ethical conundrums presented by the New Testament in general and by _The Passion of the Christ_ in particular. The contributors' discussions range from the film's theological and historical underpinnings, to its cinematic and cultural implications, to the issues surrounding the millennia-long question "Who really killed Jesus?"
Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is available online: http://go.ucpress.edu/Fredriksen
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