The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama by Marcia KupferThe Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama by Marcia Kupfer

The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama

EditorMarcia Kupfer

Paperback | November 30, 2009

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No story is more central to Western culture than the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and none better demonstrates the power of representation in shaping religious faith and practice. The incidence of Passion imagery in diverse media is fundamental to the histories of Christian piety, church politics, and art in European and American societies. At the same time, the visualization and reenactment of Christ’s suffering has for centuries been the principal engine generating popular perceptions of Jews and Judaism. The provocative essays collected here, written by eminent scholars with an eye toward the nonspecialist reader, broadly survey the depiction and dramatization of the Passion and consider the significance of this representational focus for both Christians and Jews. This anthology provides a unique, multifaceted overview of a subject of enduring importance in today’s religiously pluralistic societies.

Contributors include Robin Blaetz, Stephen Campbell, Jody Enders, Christopher Fuller, James Marrow, Walter Melion, David Morgan, David Nirenberg, Adele Reinhartz, Miri Rubin, Lisa Saltzman, and Marc Saperstein.

Marcia Kupfer is an independent scholar. She is the author of The Art of Healing: Painting for the Sick and the Sinner in a Medieval Town (Penn State, 2003) and Romanesque Wall Painting in Central France: The Politics of Narrative (1993).Marcia Kupfer is an independent scholar. She is the author of The Art of Healing: Painting for the ...
Title:The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:November 30, 2009Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271033436

ISBN - 13:9780271033433


Table of Contents


List of Illustrations


Marcia Kupfer

Part One: Narrative Transformations, Pictorial Elaborations

1. Inventing the Passion in the Late Middle Ages

James H. Marrow

2. The Passion of Mary: The Virgin and the Jews in Medieval Culture

Miri Rubin

3. The Conflicted Representation of Judaism in Italian Renaissance Images of Christ’s Life and Passion

Stephen J. Campbell

4. Ex libera meditatione: Visualizing the Sacrificial Christ in Jerónimo Nadal’s Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels

Walter S. Melion

Part Two: Popular Spectacle, Mass Consumption

5. Coups de Théâtre and the Passion for Vengeance

Jody Enders

6. Images of the Passion and the History of Protestant Visual Piety in America

David Morgan

7. Realizing the Passion on Screen

Robin Blaetz

8. Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz

9. Two Thousand Years of Storytelling About Jesus: How Faithful Is Pasolini’s Gospel to Matthew’s Gospel?

Christopher Fuller

Part Three: Jewish Perspectives

10. Jewish Responses to the Passion Narratives

Marc Saperstein

11. Barnett Newman’s Passion

Lisa Saltzman

Epilogue: A Brief History of Jewish Enmity

David Nirenberg



Editorial Reviews

“After reading this powerful collection of essays that so admirably capture one side of the Passion narrative—its images and resulting horror—the reviewer can only hope for a future collection generated by this one that seeks to explore the positive spirituality generated by the Passion and its depiction.”

—Daniel F. Callahan, Church History