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A Biblical Poetics for Filmmakers

Department of Philosophy, Brigham Young University, 4089 Joseph F. Smith Building, Provo, Utah 84601, USA
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Religions 2014, 5(2), 502-521;
Received: 13 December 2013 / Revised: 18 May 2014 / Accepted: 6 June 2014 / Published: 19 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Film, Methodology)
In this paper, we present a poetics, or guide manual, for making narrative films that resemble biblical narratives. It is similar to Aristotle’s Poetics, only his was for creating drama (though it is of course often used for film now) and was based on Greek dramas and epics. Our poetics is specifically for making films and is based on an even more ancient body of narratives—the Hebrew Bible. In articulating a biblical poetics for filmmakers, we draw heavily on the work of a few of the many biblical-narrative scholars of the last half-century, who draw in turn from the even more extensive research that has been done on narrative theory in general. Our project is one that Aristotle might have undertaken if he had read the Bible and its commentators and known about film. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hebrew; Bible; filmmakers; narrator Hebrew; Bible; filmmakers; narrator
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Packard, D.; Campbell, P.; McDonald, J. A Biblical Poetics for Filmmakers. Religions 2014, 5, 502-521.

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