Mel Gibson's The Passion: A Panel Discussion

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2004) Mel Gibson’s much-anticipated film, “The Passion of the Christ” opened in 2,000 theaters across the country ending a year of speculation as to how the movie’s creator, Mel Gibson, painted the final 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ. On Friday, March 26th, YDS and ISM hosted a scholarly discussion of the film

Event Speaker(s):

PANELISTS: William Fulco, S.J., is a professor in the department of Classics and Archaeology at Loyola Marymount University, and translated “The Passion of the Christ” script from English into Aramaic and Latin.

Amy-Jill Levine is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant Divinity School in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine conjoins historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to exposing and eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.


Harry Attridge – Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament & Dean, Yale Divinity School

Adela Collins - Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation

Steven Fraade - Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism

Serene Jones - Titus Street Professor of Theology

Rev. Mark Villano - Associate Chaplain, St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale

Recorded: Friday, March 26, 2004 - 1:30pm