Depicting ‘biblical’ narratives
A test case on Noah
in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
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This chapter explores two recent Bible epics based on ancient narratives concerning Noah and a Flood: the BBC’s The Ark and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The chapter explores the underlying ANE-textual background to each production, including comments made by the respective directors. Making use of narrative theory and exegesis, the chapter explores the role of biblical and extra-biblical material in the development of both the characterisation and plot of each production. The paper will then explore the deployment of such texts in the overall theological freight of the production, both explicit and implicit – what does each production say about God/the divine and how much is this dependent on the use of biblical materials or dramatic/poetic licence. The chapter concludes with some reflection on the minor role which biblical literacy plays within cultural depictions of biblical traditions.

The Bible onscreen in the new millennium

New heart and new spirit

Editor: Wickham Clayton



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