Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson's film
is is a vivid depiction of the last 12 hours of Christ's life
John Meacham Writes About "The Passion"
Excerpts from John Meacham's February 16th,
2004 Newsweek article
It is night, in a quiet, nearly deserted garden in Jerusalem. A figure
is praying; his friends sleep a short distance away. We are in the
last hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, in the spring of roughly
the year 30, at the time of the Jewish feast of Passover. The country—first-century
Judea, the early 21st's Israel—is part of the Roman Empire.
The prefect, Pontius Pilate, is Caesar's ranking representative in
the province, a place riven with fierce religious disputes. Jesus
comes from Galilee, a kind of backwater; as a Jewish healer and teacher,
he has attracted great notice in the years, months and days leading
up to this hour.
His popularity seemed to be surging among at least some of the thousands
of pilgrims gathered in the city for Passover. Crowds cheered him,
proclaiming him the Messiah, which to first-century Jewish ears meant
he was the "king of the Jews" who heralded the coming of
the Kingdom of God, a time in which the yoke of Roman rule would be
thrown off, ushering in an age of light for Israel. Hungry for liberation
and deliverance, some of those in the teeming city were apparently
flocking to Jesus, threatening to upset the delicate balance of power
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from Meacham's article
JODY DEAN'S REACTION
TO "THE PASSION"
CBS News anchor Jody Dean talks about her reaction to the Gibson
TALKS ABOUT THE JESUS ROLE
"I don't want people to see me. All I want them to see is
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Holy Ghost was working through me on this film," Gibson has said
of his work on 'The Passion. "I was just directing traffic."