• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    Bizarre Adaption of the Day - The Aquarian Gospel

    Peter Chattaway has linked to this rather odd story from Variety. Drew Heriot and William Keenan are to make a film based on "The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ". The "gospel" was written down in 1908 by Levi H. Dowling and purports to tell the story of Jesus's "missing years" between the ages of 13 and 30.

    Keenan's script also utilises Russian anthropologist Nicolas Notovich's book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" (1898). Both books claim that Jesus travelled through the east during his missing years, and that he was conversant with various Eastern Religions. Both books also claim to be based on more ancient traditions, although it's highly contested as to whether these other sources existed.

    The film will follow "Jesus' journeys from Israel through India, Tibet, Persia, Greece and Egypt as he encounters people of all creeds, classes and faiths." The plan is to use actors from a wide range of countries. I can't say I'm hugely enthusiastic about this, as I suppose it's not really even a Bible film as such. Nevertheless it would still be interesting to see how Jesus is portrayed.

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    • At 8:08 pm, November 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Would also have liked to see The Rozabal Line (Shawn Haigins) used as the story. It makes the whole idea of Jesus studying in India and escaping to India after his ordeal on the cross much more plausible. Most importantly, it conveys all of this in today's context i.e. a 9/11 influenced world in which "the clash of civilizations" is at the top of one's mind. [http://www.amazon.com/Rozabal-Line-Shawn-Haigins/dp/1430327545/]


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