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Jesus and Brian : exploring the historical Jesus and his times via Monty Python's Life of Brian

Author: Joan E Taylor
Publisher: London, England; New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury T & T Clark : imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015. ©2015
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"Monty Python's Life of Brian film is known for its brilliant satirical humour. Less well known is that the film contains references to what was, at the time of its release, cutting edge biblical scholarship and Life of Jesus research. This research, founded on the acceptance of the Historical Jesus as a Jew who needs to be understood within the context of his time, is implicitly referenced through the setting of  Read more...
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christus.; Jésus-Christ.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan E Taylor
ISBN: 9780567658326 0567658325 9780567658319 0567658317
OCLC Number: 910826674
Notes: " ... a conference held by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London, in June 2014, with sponsorship from the School of Arts and Humanities, and support too from T & T Clark Bloomsbury. This conference was titled, Jesus and Brian or: What have the Pythons done for us?"--Introduction.
Description: xxvii, 268 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. The film in its cinematic context, its reception and its challenges. 1. Monty Python's Life of Brian and the Jesus film / William R. Telford --
2. The Church of England's Life of Python, or 'What the Bishop saw' / Richard A. Burridge --
3. When Brian met Moses: Life of Brian (1979), Wholly Moses (1980) and the 'failure' of biblical parody / David Shepherd --
4. 'Blasphemy!': on free speech then and now / David Tollerton --
5. The meaning of Monty Python's Jesus / James G. Crossley --
6. The gospel of Brian / Philip R. Davies --
Part II. History and interpretation via Monty Python's Life of Brian. 7. The historical Brian: reception exegesis in practice / Joan E. Taylor --
8. 'Romani ite Domum': expressions of identity and resistance in Judaea / Guy D. Stiebel --
9. 'You'll probably get away with crucifixion': laughing at the cross in Brian and the ancient world / Helen K. Bond --
10. Brian as a teacher of righteousness / George J. Brooke --
11. Brian and the apocalyptic Jesus: parody as a historical method / Bart D. Ehrman --
12. 'Are you a virgin?': biblical exegesis and the invention of tradition / Paula Fredriksen --
13. Beards for sale: the uncut version of Brian, gender and sexuality / Amy-Jill Levine --
14. 'What have the Romans ever done for us?': Brian and Josephus on anti-Roman sentiment / Steve Mason --
15. Hook-nosed heebies: Brian, Jesus and Jewish identity / Adele Reinhartz --
16. 'The shoe is the sign!': costuming Brian and dressing the first century / Katie Turner.
Responsibility: edited by Joan E. Taylor.
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"Monty Python's Life of Brian film is known for its brilliant satirical humour. Less well known is that the film contains references to what was, at the time of its release, cutting edge biblical scholarship and Life of Jesus research. This research, founded on the acceptance of the Historical Jesus as a Jew who needs to be understood within the context of his time, is implicitly referenced through the setting of the Brian character within a tumultuous social and political background. This collection is a compilation of essays from foremost scholars of the historical Jesus and the first century Judaea, and includes contributions from George Brooke, Richard Burridge, Paula Fredriksen, Steve Mason, Adele Reinhartz, Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, James Crossley, Philip Davies, Joan Taylor, Bill Telford, Helen Bond, Guy Steibel, David Tollerton, David Shepherd and Katie Turner. The collection opens up the Life of Brian to renewed investigation and, in so doing, uses the film to reflect on the historical Jesus and his times, revitalising the discussion of history and Life of Jesus research. The volume also features a Preface from Terry Jones, who not only directed the film, but also played Brian's mum"--

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I was astonished when I heard there was to be a conference where proper New Testament scholars would be discussing what they had learnt from Life of Brian! This is the result. Fascinating... John Read more...

 
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