Two lesson resources by Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software
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I love good Bible movies, and these are two good ones I’ve shown to my kids and youth several times. The outlines started as my notes. <>< Neilwww.sundaysoftware.com
Jesus Christ Superstar, the movie
Jesus Christ Superstar, the movie, is one of my all-time favorite movies. Made in 1973 by Oscar winning director Norman Jewison, it stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson who played the original Jesus and Judas in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Broadway musical. I've been lucky to see the Broadway version twice when it was revived and toured the country.
In many ways, the movie improves on the musical. Its visuals and sets are rich, cool and provocative. The procession of palms is exhuberant, and Jesus is intense in the Garden. There are some scenes and emotions in the movie you just couldn't create on a stage. As my guide points out, the movie does a great job of clearly differentiating the POWER FACTIONS surrounding Jesus... the people and expectations he was up against.
I've shown this movie to teens, adults, and kids in the 80's, 90's and here in the 2000's. They've all loved it. In a sense, it's timeless, and the images and words stir a lot of discussion.
My outline breaks the movie into FIVE ACTS, each about 35 minutes long. The outline also includes comments and questions.
Jeremiah, the movie
This movie is part of the TNT Bible series. Jeremiah the movie tells the story of Israel in the 7th Century BC just before Israel was conquered and taken into captivity. This is a good video revealing the flesh and blood Jeremiah unburied by his long speeches in scripture. Jeremiah does a number of dramatic and symbolic things to get his message across. Jeremiah is portrayed by well-known Hollywood actor, Patrick Dempsey.