n Journal of Literary Studies - Suffering for a worthy cause? : the misplaced focus of Gibson's : special topic :

Volume 21, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-4718



This contribution offers an ideological criticism of Gibson's <I>The Passion of the Christ&lt;/I&gt; from the perspective of historical Jesus studies. It is argued that Gibson's fundamentalistic hermeneutics gives rise to at least two ethical concerns that need critical reflection: the charge of anti-Semitism and the problematic doctrine of vicarious suffering. A social-historical paradigm, informed by the humanities, is offered as alternative.

Hierdie bydrae lewer 'n ideologiese kritiek op Gibson se <I>The Passion of the Christ&lt;/I&gt; vanuit die perspektief van historiese Jesus-studies. Daar word geredeneer dat Gibson se fundamentalistiese hermeneutiek ten minste twee etiese probleme na vore bring waaroor krities nagedink behoort te word: die aanklag van anti-Semitisme en die problematiese leerstelling van plaasvervangende lyding. 'n Sosiaal-historiese paradigma vanuit die menswetenskappe word as alternatief aangebied.

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