Mel Gibson claimed that The Passion of the Christ (2004) was faithful to the gospels and that the gospels were faithful to history, a claim subsequently challenged and debated by many. This article seeks to examine Gibson's claim in light of his decision to edit and re-release the movie as The Passion Re-Cut, arguing that, ironically, he is in fact doing precisely what the gospels writers did in the first century: adapting the story of Jesus and retelling it to a different audience. Further, by exploring the changes Gibson has made to the movie, and the new audience for whom he is writing, I hope to discover something of his purpose as "gospel” writer and redactor.
Weldon, Clodagh M.
"The Passion Re-Cut: If "It Is As It Was”, Why the Redaction?,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 10
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol10/iss2/5