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What evidence supports the image of Jesus following the Bible in The Last Temptation of Christ?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM (Answer #1)

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One piece of evidence that indicates there is a good correspondence between the Jesus participating in events in the Bible and the personality of the Jesus in The Last Temptation (1988, Martin Scorsese) is the scene with the money changers in the porch of the Temple. [I can't say the "image" "follows" or "matches" the "image" of Jesus in the Bible because the Gospel writers used a Hebrew past tense / present tense narrative style that emphasizes reality of place in time over personal image.]

In this scene, Jesus goes at the money changers with a righteous fury befitting the Son of God. There is a crane shot (high above) during which Jesus tosses handfuls of gold coins in the air, violently liberating them, the disciples, the worshipers and the Temple all in one great symbolic gesture. This strikes an excellent accord and correspondence with the Jesus spoken of in the Gospels who participated in the same event and took the same actions with the same venom leading to the same results. You can see a glimpse of the scene and the coin toss in this YouTube trailer.

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