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The 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 in Jerusalem.

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JODY DEAN'S REACTION TO "THE PASSION"
CBS News anchor Jody Dean talks about her reaction to the Gibson film

JAMES CAVIEZEL TALKS ABOUT THE JESUS ROLE
"I don't want people to see me. All I want them to see is Jesus Christ."

THE PASSION book is a visual portrayal of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus. Gripping photos taken on the set of Mel Gibson's new film, The Passion of The Christ, together with the biblical narratives in the New Living Translation (Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible Translation edition also available), present the story in vivid detail. A sweeping overview of the Passion story in powerful images that will enhance the movie experience! ($24.95) order yours by clicking here





"The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film," Gibson has said of his work on 'The Passion. "I was just directing traffic."