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Reflections on Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Adele Reinhartz; Adele Reinhartz

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring-Summer 2004, pp.12-13

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Film and video)

Keywords: Antisemitism; Film; Culture; Media

Coverage: United States United States


The author examines Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ", focusing on two questions: is the film good, and does the film foster antisemitism? The author concludes that the answers to these questions are no and yes, respectively, although she does not actively attribute antisemitic motivation to Gibson himself based on the film.