Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"
Publication Date: January 2004
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring-Summer 2004, pp.14.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Film; Religion; Media; Antisemitism
Coverage: United States United States
The author discusses Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ." He notes that many Jewish sources have celebrated martyrdom and invited suffering Jews to identify with central figures in martyrdom tales. These sources, the author explains, have been introduced to audiences who were suffering similarly themselves. However, in a modern American context, argues the author, Gibson's portrayal is unlikely to prompt modern-day Jews or Christians to identify personally with the torture-enduring Jesus of the film.