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Visual Bible: The Gospel of John

 

The Gospel of John (Visual Bible, 2004).

The Visual Bible, with productions of The Gospel of Matthew and Acts, continues their quality retelling of biblical stories in The Gospel of John. In this word-for-word drama using the Good News Bible translation, the viewer it taken on a tour of the Messiah’s life as told in John’s Gospel.

With great sensitivity for the culture in which John’s gospel took place, actor Henry Ian Cusik plays a very convincing Jesus, along with a well-cast ensemble of disciples and peripheral characters. Christopher Plummer narrates, with a melodious tone that helps make the off-screen text easily accepted and welcome.

My only significant criticism lies in the first scene with John the Baptist, which seemed over-acted. Beyond that, the production was effectively carried off. The miracles in John are not spectacular visual effects such as one might expect from a modern Hollywood presentation, but are natural, comfortable, and fully believable. As for the attempt to rebuild First Century Israel, I could find little to fault.

The crucifixion was not melodramatic; neither was it filled with offensive gore, and therefore, is suitable for younger audiences. I watched it with my 6-year old who had good questions, which I hope will lead to further discussion about the Redeemer. If it accomplishes that, then it will have been excellent time spent watching the film.

The film is available either as a DVD or a VHS video through Visual Bible International, PO Box 802648, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-2648; (800) 851-4165. The film is rated PG-13 for violence during the crucifixion. www.GospelofJohntheFilm.com

Reviewed by Kevin M. Williams

 

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Category: Living the Faith, Pneuma Review, Summer 2005

About the Author: Kevin M. Williams, Litt.D., H.L.D. has served in Messianic ministries since 1987 and has written numerous articles and been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on Messianic Judaism.

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