Killing Jesus Defies Expectations

Killing Jesus, a film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book, is not at all what you would expect. The film, which is the most watched program ever on National Geographic, has a novel take on Biblical events. Here Jesus is more tentatively exploring his ideas and philosophy as compared to what one might picture based on the New Testament. The Bible does not give a tone to Jesus’ words, and that leaves room for a lot of creative interpretation. And the interpretation here is that Jesus is not speaking in a speechifying manner, as though his words are preordained. Rather, he seems to be expressing himself extemporaneously, putting his revolutionary ideas into words as they occur to him.  There is also a spontaneity in the way the crowd reacts to Jesus. At first he preaches rather hesitatingly in the streets. An Israeli wonders, “how can you love your enemy?” before walking away quizzically. His disciples even seem to...(Read Full Article)