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Selected Examples of “Indirect” Scriptural
Film can indirectly engage scripture along a spectrum from brief allusion through significant interpretation to adaptation of biblical stories in different settings altogether. “Indirect adaptation” here refers to significant use of biblical material or scriptural storyline, more than ordinary allusion, within a context other than retelling the biblical story itself. For example, I consider East of Eden indirect adaptation (though not an allegory) of the Cain and Abel narrative, put to use as the subtext of a story concerning sibling rivals in modern day California. This brief list is merely for illustration. The student is encouraged to look through the films treated in the books by Kreitzer, Johnston, McNulty, Reinhartz, and others, for other examples of biblical interpretation and allusion (see bibliography on Film, Culture, and Christian Reflection tab).
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