Most films that depict biblical violence are part of a broader apologetic effort to justify violence by biblical protagonists. In order to understand the variety and complexity of these apologetic efforts, the author introduces a typology that consists of five logical techniques that can be applied to biblical stories depicted on film: 1) deletion of violence; 2) addition of violence; 3) minimization of existing violence; 4) maximization of existing violence; 5) reconfiguration of violence. The author focuses on specific episodes in Jesus films and in films dealing with the life of Moses to illustrate his thesis.
"Film and the Apologetics of Biblical Violence,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 13
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol13/iss1/2