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Bibil Identifier bibil:221217
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Metamorphosis, Transfiguration, and the Body
Author Aichele, George
Author Walsh, Richard
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 19, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 253-275 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay examines the recent movies Avatar and District 9 in conjunction with the so-called "transfiguration stories" of Matt. 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9. It explores the difference between "transfiguration" and "metamorphosis" in these stories, and questions the avoidance of the latter term in English translations of the New Testament, as well as theological implications of the preference for "transfiguration." This tendency is already observable in the ideological dimensions of the New Testament. That the net effect of this translation preference is to obscure monstrous changes to the body of Jesus is made clear through contrast with the movies, and with Franz Kafka's story, "The Metamorphosis."
DOI 10.1163/156851511x575604
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Transfiguration
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Cinema
Pericopes Matthew 17,1-17,9
Mark 9,2-9,9
Luke 9,28-9,36
Terms μεταμορφόω μεταμορφοω
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