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Jesus in the movies

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It’s “the greatest story ever told”, according to one famous movie title, and among these films is the alleged most watched film of all time. In these pages we review some of the most significant Jesus movies made over the past 50 years.

Written by Matt Page

The Passion

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These pages explore this stunning retelling of the passion of Jesus in words, images and video. Originally shown over Easter 2008, this BBC drama tells the story of the final week in the life of Jesus.

The Passion resource pack, available exclusively from Bible Society, contains all four episodes of the highly-acclaimed BBC series in a two-DVD set. The pack also includes cast interviews and a host of easy-to-use resources on CD-ROM.

Unexpected faces

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Have you ever unexpectedly seen a picture in the shapes made by clouds, or a face in a pattern of dots? Some people have been taken by surprise by glimpsing the face of Jesus in wood grain, or a snowy field, or shadows.

In these pages we’re looking at some of these strange pictures and the stories behind them. Click and explore among the images on the left. If you know any other pictures or stories, email to let us know via the contact page.

Compiled and written by Simon Jenkins.

Faces of Jesus

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Christians have been making images of Jesus since the early centuries of the church. In this section, we look at pictures of the face of Christ – some of them centuries old, some of them from today.

NB: If you are hoping to reproduce these images you will need to seek permission from the original copyright holders (not rejesus). Please don’t contact us looking for permission or asking for contact details for the copyright holders.

Karaoke carols

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Enjoy our 10 online carols, including all the old faves. We provide the music and words, you provide the voice. I guarantee you there is nothing quite like singing carols to get you into the mood of the real meaning of Christmas.

R father… Gzus via txt

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If Jesus had been born in the 21st rather than the 1st century, would he have taught by text? Would he have got on his mobile and texted his followers to say “Luv yr NMEs”? Or told them: “UR d salt of d erth”?

There’s even a book, ‘r father n hvn’ available here.

Mel Gibson’s Passion movie

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Find out the back story and what happens next in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ movie. What impact did it have on you?

‘The Passion’, for all its intensity, marks only a few hours in the life Jesus. Each of the flashbacks in the movie are windows onto some of the context, that made the execution of one man an event which continues to shape history.

This module was written by Mark Stafford.

Jude Simpson’s poems

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We asked comic poet, entertainer and all-round lover of words Jude Simpson to write five ‘funny’ poems about Jesus for this site. And to document her creative process in an audio diary.

Jude spent the middle part of 2006 developing here ideas. Read and listen to them here.

Jim Janknegt’s rich fool

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Rejesus is developing a tradition of commissioning artists to produce work about Jesus. We started with photographer Lizzie Everard and then poet Jude Simpson. Now comes painter Jim Janknegt.

We’ve had our eye on Jim’s wonderful icons from gospel stories for some time and we were delighted when he agreed to our brief to paint his interpretation of The Rich Fool.

Chocolate theology

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Explore the paradox of Easter - bitter then sweet, death then life, dark then light - with this visual poem, a piece of eye candy.

Design, animation and 3d chilis by Bruce Stanley.

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