Depicting the Divine: The Ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620283
Title:
Depicting the Divine: The Ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kings
Authors:
Collins, Matthew A.
Abstract:
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings offers a distinctly innovative approach to the perennial problem of how to depict the divine in film. This article first briefly considers some of the ways in which previous directors have grappled with the issue of depicting the divine, before assessing the effectiveness of Scott’s own ‘solution’, focusing in turn on questions of implied identity, tangibility, and character/imagery. In particular it is argued that, whether intentional or not, the ambiguity as to the specific identity of the divine character mirrors rather precisely an ambiguity present in the biblical text itself. Similarly, the manner in which the character is portrayed, while adopting and adhering to a number of modern tropes and keeping the door open to more naturalistic interpretations, likewise reflects (and indeed, can shed light upon) much that is in the textual tradition. Ultimately it is argued that Scott’s representation of the divine can be said to (perhaps unintentionally) reflect simultaneously both the most progressive and the most successfully ‘biblical’ depiction to date.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Collins, M. A. (2016). Depicting the divine: The ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kings. In D. Tollerton (Ed.), Biblical Reception 4, A New Hollywood Moses: On the Spectacle and Reception of Exodus: Gods and Kings (pp. 9–39). London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.
Publisher:
Bloomsbury T&T Clark
Journal:
Biblical Reception
Publication Date:
1-Dec-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620283
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9780567672322
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorCollins, Matthew A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-15T12:34:54Z-
dc.date.available2016-12-15T12:34:54Z-
dc.date.issued2016-12-01-
dc.identifier.citationCollins, M. A. (2016). Depicting the divine: The ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kings. In D. Tollerton (Ed.), Biblical Reception 4, A New Hollywood Moses: On the Spectacle and Reception of Exodus: Gods and Kings (pp. 9–39). London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.en
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620283-
dc.description.abstractRidley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings offers a distinctly innovative approach to the perennial problem of how to depict the divine in film. This article first briefly considers some of the ways in which previous directors have grappled with the issue of depicting the divine, before assessing the effectiveness of Scott’s own ‘solution’, focusing in turn on questions of implied identity, tangibility, and character/imagery. In particular it is argued that, whether intentional or not, the ambiguity as to the specific identity of the divine character mirrors rather precisely an ambiguity present in the biblical text itself. Similarly, the manner in which the character is portrayed, while adopting and adhering to a number of modern tropes and keeping the door open to more naturalistic interpretations, likewise reflects (and indeed, can shed light upon) much that is in the textual tradition. Ultimately it is argued that Scott’s representation of the divine can be said to (perhaps unintentionally) reflect simultaneously both the most progressive and the most successfully ‘biblical’ depiction to date.en
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dc.publisherBloomsbury T&T Clarken
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dc.subjectBiblical receptionen
dc.subjectPopular cultureen
dc.subjectBibleen
dc.subjectFilmen
dc.subjectExodusen
dc.titleDepicting the Divine: The Ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kingsen
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dc.identifier.journalBiblical Receptionen
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