Jesus Christ Superstar painted a picture of Jesus that was similar and different from the painting of the gospel of Mark. For instance; in Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus is portrayed as a white man, he is aggressive, has different colored followers and is tempted sexually by Mary. Although in the gospel of Mark, there is no indication of Jesus being white or black, he is more aggressive, there are not any details of his followers being different colors, and Mary was never depicted as having a sexual relationship with Jesus. Why were these things important to the people of the perspective ages?
In Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus is portrayed as a white man. Is this because of the separation of blacks and whites in the sixties and seventies? It easily could be, the characters around him were not all white but he was indeed the almighty one as the white man. Now. this is not saying that the maker of this film, Norman Jewison, was racist by any means, but that he was indeed trying to make a point of the racial segregation of the time. Black people of the day were discriminated against and for people to take Jesus in the movie seriously he needed to be white so that there was not an outrage among the white people of the time. Comparatively, in the bible, there is no clear description of what Jesus looked like. Based on the region they were in we can historically say that Jesus was a darker man.
To expand on the ideas of the issue of color, in Jesus Christ Superstar, the followers of
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The word “violence” holds a powerful meaning all around the world today. Violence today is political. This is causing racial tension caused by prejudice and discrimination of a person. Flashback time to the 1980’s, where we are able to see when one of the best films were created. Do The Right Thing,1989 by director and actor Spike Lee, is a film that explores racial tensions in many different ethnic groups in New York. Racial tensions was prevalent in a multicultural mix of races such as; African-American/Black, Italians, Caucasian/White, and Asian communities. The main racial tensions in the film were Italian-Americans and African Americans. Spike Lee uses anger, violence, and fear in Do The Right Thing to represent discrimination and racial altercations.
Painters were not interested in making a picture realistic-they did not use perspective. The more important figures in the painting were frequently made larger than all the others, and often the element of landscape was omitted completely. Members of the Holy Family for example, would be painted against a background of shining gold, which signified the heavens.
Throughout the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it is apparent that there are similarities as well as differences when it comes to portraying the life and times of Jesus the Christ, the general descriptions of who Jesus was, and the sayings and deeds of Jesus during his short stay on this earth. Scripture scholars highlight that each Gospel writer viewed Jesus from a different perspective.
Race is abundant in Titus Andronicus. Aaron is a Moor from Northern Africa, making him one of Shakespeare’s first main character of color. Even though the term racism wasn’t created until 1902 (Demby), through Aaron the audience gets a glimpse of how people were racially treated in the Elizabethan Era.
One of the many things that puzzle people even today; is how Jesus was portrayed and how he became a part of history throughout the centuries. Fortunately, within the book Jesus Through the Centuries, written by Jaroslav Pelikan, readers are able to get a sense of what societies viewed Jesus as and how he was/is important to many aspects of the world such as; the political, social, and cultural impact he had left. As Pelikan discusses this very topic and theme in his book, we see how there’s a connection between his audience in this book and Jesus’s are closely similar. When he got his motivation to write about Jesus through the Centuries, Jaroslav had an open audience, which was intended for anyone of all ages, races, and beliefs to read
In the Bible there are 4 different so called eye witness accounts of the life of Jesus Christ which are supposedly written by Matthew and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, Luke, a journalist and historian while Jesus was alive and Mark was a teenage Jew during the time that Jesus visited Jerusalem. Although many scholars do not agree with some of the specific episodes described in these texts, it is still believed that these documents present a fairly accurate portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ. One of the reasons that have to believe this was the time when these texts were written and how close this was to the death of Jesus Christ. It is generally believed that the gospel of Luke was written in the year 60 AD, the gospel of Mark in the year 70 AD and the gospels of Matthew and John within the years 70-100 AD. This is so significant because these books were all written within one generation of the life and death of Jesus Christ and it shows that the people writing these texts were really around to witness the events that they quoted in their texts. Another reason that historians have to believe that these texts are accurate accounts of the life of Jesus is the amount of copies of original manuscripts that still exist today. These images on the screen are just some of the ancient original texts of the bible, all of which were written before 300 AD and all of which still exist today. Although there are no original documents of any of the books of the Bible, there are several original copies by monks whose profession was to accurately copy texts so that they copies of these texts could be distributed amongst many
Jordan Peels’s Get Out (2017) is entertaining through its chilling aspects; however, it also focuses on an extremely important issue in today’s society. Peele uses the combination of sound and graphics to portray the ongoing issue of racism. In this film, a black man by the name of Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya) is going to meet his Caucasian girlfriend of 4 months- Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents. Chris is very paranoid that his skin color may be a problem with Rose’s folks, but she assures him that her parents are loving of everyone no matter their skin tone. When Chris arrives to Rose’s parent’s upscale property, he is a little uneasy. The housekeeper and groundskeeper are African American and they have a very strange persona, which increases his discomfort. Through tone and dialogue, Get Out expresses how the factor of racism has continually added to the aspect of racial paranoia.
I have decided to compare and contrast the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. In the book of Matthew, we begin with the angel coming to Joseph and telling him of the son that Mary will bare him. The angel says to name him Jesus and tells him that he will save the people from their sins. This clearly marks Christ as the savior from the start. It can be seen that Jesus is the healer of many when he is presented with sick people, because he heals them. He heals those who are sick, mental, and possessed. He is seen as a teacher when he goes to the top of the mountain and speaks to everyone that is listening, he teaches them what is right from then on. He is seen giving healing powers to his disciples and sending them forth to heal and teach the people of his ways. He is seen as a miracle worker, when he walks on the waters of the sea and calms them and then allows Peter to walk on the water toward him. He is seen as a leader as well, in the many times that he leads his people to where they need to be. He is seen as forgiving, in the many times he forgives and tells others to forgive. He is seen as the Messiah, which was clear from the
Throughout the 1900’s racial prejudice behaviours were adopted during the colonisation of white Europeans in counties deemed undiscovered. The play ‘No Sugar’ written by Jack Davis, published in 1986, encompasses the impacts of racial discrimination inflicted on the Indigenous Australians during the attempted assimilation into Western Society. Similarly Tate Taylor explored issues of racism in America in the film, ‘The Help’, released in 2011. Set in the 1960’s, ‘The Help’ showcases the racial discrimination in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on the coloured women left with little choice other than to work as a maid in the homes of white families. Both texts present the same ideas being, minority groups, such as Aboriginals and African-Americans, are severely discriminated against in society simply due to their race; and marginalized groups begin a resistance movement within society towards equal rights. The two different texts present the same ideas through conventions such as dialogue, characterisation and colloquial language to highlight the two ideas.
This statement further reveals the factions that had surfaced as a result of racial tensions as both races feared one another to an extent. The blacks feared the whites because of their power, and the whites feared the blacks gaining any power. These racial tensions through the verbal propaganda of whites versus blacks intensified to a point where it eventually got in the way with some people’s faith and belief, “‘Is Jesus white?’ said [the student in Sunday School]. Rev. Owens said no. ‘Then how come they make him white here in this picture?’... ‘If they put Jesus in this picture here, and He ain’t white, and He ain’t black, they should make Him gray. Jesus should be gray.’ Richie stopped going to Sunday school after that.” (McBride 53). Had tensions not been so high during the time period, Richie may not have cared that Jesus was depicted as white. However as anti-color propaganda was being tossed at the opposing race, it struck towards individuals such as Richie to be a large deal and as a result he let the tension destroy his sense of faith, indicating the power of propaganda during this period. Social ladders become intensified through the creation of racially separated schools, stores, churches, water fountains, buses and more.People’s treatment of the opposing race began to worsen when these factions were created. Propaganda shows the spreading of information controls society’s thoughts and emotions as the art behind the language and the author’s expression of the
The gospel of Mark is a short recollection of Jesus life, it has many details but is missing pieces or additions to his life. The Gospel of mark was said to have lost pieces, and also the first account of Jesus life. Although it is not as detailed in some areas as it is in others, it tells many accounts of Jesus life on earth and what kind of a person he was, the life he lived, his struggles and his ending.
One day in Sunday school, Richie had asked Reverend Owens if Jesus was white. Reverend Owens said no, and that Jesus was all colors. Richie was angry and questioned that if that was true, why was Jesus white in the picture in their Sunday school bible. Richie was frustrated that Jesus was portrayed as white, if in reality he was not. He said that if Jesus wasn’t black or white they should make him gray in the
Throughout history, people have used paintings and art as a tool to express their religious beliefs and values. Illustrations depicting the Virgin Mary and child, often referred to as Madonna and Child, are one of the most recurring images in Christian and European Art through the ages. Though these paintings and sculptures may have similarities in their iconography and style each work of art varies based on the different artists’ and time periods. Two paintings that portray these features currently reside in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The first, Virgin and Child by Rogier van der Wyden, was originally painted after 1454. In the painting, the Virgin Mary is holding Christ against her shoulder as he twists around to face toward the viewers. The second painting is Virgin and Child with a Donor, painted by Antoniazzo Romano and originally painted c. 1480. In this painting, Virgin Mary is supporting Christ who seems to be standing and includes a figure of a man with his hands crossed in prayer. While both paintings depict the mother and child, there are both similarities and differences in style and portrayal. In this paper, I will thoroughly examine these traits, as well as address the similarities and differences associated with the two paintings. This analysis will be done by using information gained from reading Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, in class lectures from ARTH 1381 Art and Society Renaissance to Modern and ARTH 1300 Ways of Seeing Art, and close visual
Racism is a persistent issue directly threatening the values and teachings of Catholic theology and humanities advancement towards unity and peace. A destructive ideology such as racism debunks the entire foundation from which Catholicism is built. Catholicism follows the life and teachings of Jesus and the idea of solidarity, one of seven principals of Catholic Social Teaching; preaching for a single human family despite any national, racial, ethnic, economic, or ideological differences. Accepting or remaining silent when presented with an act of racial discrimination is equally as damaging as committing the act itself, as it contributes to an environment tolerant of racial prejudices. The Catholic church and its followers have a duty to acknowledge racism to its fullest extent and provide resolution. Through a collective stance against racism between the Catholic establishment and society while simultaneously providing education on the issue with realistic solutions, a progressed cultural environment can ultimately be developed that is reluctant to condone racism and all associated ideologies, utilizing peace, unity, and Catholic values as its foundational core.
The Jesus that is portrayed in the Gospel of Mark has the lowest Christology out of the three books being analyzed. The Gospel of Mark has a low Christology because of the human nature that it applies to Jesus’ character(class notes).