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"Jesus," the miniseries, though unrealized in significant ways, attempts to address aspects of the Christ story that others have not and could not. First, the movie focuses on the relationship between Jesus and his earthly father Joseph, played lovingly by Armin Mueller-Stahl. Jesus' love for Joseph is palpably tender and reciprocal. Joseph is the old master; Jesus the eager apprentice, desperate to please and bereft when the old man dies. There is also a romantic sub-plot between Jesus and Martha, in this film depicted as his distant city cousin. Nothing comes of the relationship, but it makes you wonder the degree to which Jesus, fully human even by conservative theological principles, struggled with a desire to be a normal man of his time, learning a trade, getting married, and having a family.
Jesus, played adequately by Jeremy Sisto, is also shown as quite playful. He teases his disciples, splashing water in their faces and pulling their scarves. This is fun, though it doesn't seem to move the story anywhere. The scenes of Jesus teaching also attempt to break new ground. Rather than merely stringing together a long list of inscrutable sayings, gospel style, "Jesus" shows the Master interacting with the crowd, even getting a good-natured heckling.
"Jesus" fails to show why anyone would find this man threatening. Yet I was fascinated by the film's attempts to show Jesus as a person with an interesting personality of his own.Read more ›
The writers tried to emphasize more the human side of Jesus -- Jesus enjoyed life, laughed, danced, joked around with his disciples, and yet was the Son of God and Savior.
Some interesting (but not so biblically accurate) scenes:
1) Jesus resurrected sparrows during his childhood. This is taken from the Gospel of Thomas (a non-canonical book), and not from Scripture.
2) This is one of the few Jesus movies, where it is inferred that he was attracted to women and vice-versa. Mary of Bethany is portrayed as being attracted to Jesus but Jesus has to reject her marriage proposal because of his higher mission as the Messiah. Later, Jesus has a heart to heart talk with Mary Magdalene; there is noticeable chemistry between the two of them.
3) The Temptation scene: Satan appears as a seductive woman in a red dress and then morphs into a businessman in an Armani suit (played by Jeroen Krabbe). Satan tempts Jesus to let go of his divinity and to submit to raw power. Jesus seems to be unsure of himself and his divinity.
4) Jesus is depicted as dancing in the celebrations at Cana and at other parties. He splashes water on the disciples, skips rocks across the water, and plays tag with the disciples (!) Then he gets serious and performs miracles or launches into a brief sermonette (Jesus' teachings are very, very brief in this movie).
5) Jesus' dependency on Mary, his earthly mother. Mary needs to reassure Jesus when he is down and suffers from self-doubt.
6) Jeremy Sisto is an interesting choice to play Jesus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave fresh new look, from a very realistically human and divine Jesus. Bought enough for all of my children.Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Not much Bible here! When Jesus Christ was tempted His response was "it is written" quoting the scripture with accuracy and authority. Read morePublished 11 days ago by T. McAndless
Would not recommend this DVD if you are a true believer of the bible. It contains material that Jesus and Mary were in love. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Perfectly Performance Perfection! A must see for ALL PEOPLE of Any Faith!Published 3 months ago by Cheeez
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I found it on youtube also. Which one ends with Jesus(Jeremy) in modern day with children? that is the one I would love to have.
Feb 26, 2012 by Child of God | See all 2 posts
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How can you post such a statement if, indeed, you are a Believer? Who are you to condemn? Who are you to throw the first stone? Who are you to judge? Who are you that has taken over the Throne of the Living God and of His Son? Who are you that by the implication of your total lack of love, by... Read More
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