The 1961 film "King of Kings" ranks among the most popular "Jesus movies" ever made. However, the film inevitably leads viewers to ask, "Is that in the Bible, or did they make that up, or what?" "King of Kings:" A Silver Screen Gospel attempts to answer these questions. Mikkelson & Gregg place the film in the gospel genre and argue that it is a form of "silver screen gospel." Provided is a scene-by-scene summary of and commentary on the movie via a "synoptic" approach. The analysis is anchored by reviewing scenes of "King of Kings" alongside analogous events in the New Testament. The detailed commentaries also explore the relationship of the scenes to other ancient literary sources such as the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, non-canonical gospels, apocryphal literature, ancient Jewish and Roman authors such as Josephus and Tacitus, and more.
Douglas K. Mikkelson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of Hawaii, Hilo. Amy C. Gregg is lecturer at University of Hawaii, Hilo.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 The Meaning and History of "Gospels" and the Idea of "Silver Screen Gospels" Chapter 4 Suggestions on Using this Book Chapter 5 Gospel Prologue Chapter 6 Birth Narrative Chapter 7 Preparation for Ministry Chapter 8 The Early Ministry of Jesus Chapter 9 The Sermon on the Mount Chapter 10 The Later Ministry of Jesus Chapter 11 Prelude to the Passion Chapter 12 Passion Narrative Chapter 13 Resurrection, Appearances, and Gospel Epilogue Chapter 14 Selected Bibliography Chapter 15 Indices