The Passion of the Christ Film by Mel Gibson
A 5 page essay that analyzes Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ," which is a depiction of the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In presenting this bloody and brutal depiction of Christ's death, Gibson ignores certain cultural truths that have been evident since the time of the Crusades. Jules Isaac, a French historian whose family died in the Holocaust, wrote in his 1964 book The Teaching of Contempt: Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism that it is specifically the demonizing of all Jews, for all time, as guilty of killing Jesus that provides the "lethal core of anti-Semitic ideology" (Brackman, 2004). Examination of Gibson's film shows that, despite his well-publicized objections, this film is anti-Semitic and possibly incendiary in regards to a resurgence of anti-Semitism among Christian movie-goers. In proving this point, this discussion of Gibson's film examines, not only the film content, but also how this content relates to what is definitely known about the period. Bibliography lists 2 sources.