‘Islamic Jesus’ hits Iranian theaters
An Iranian director produced the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus. Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, “Jesus, the Spirit of God,” as an Islamic answer to Western films like Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which he called well-crafted but “wrong.”
Talebzadeh said he aims to bridge differences between Christianity and Islam, despite the doctrinal differences. “It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about Jesus. By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue since there is much common ground between Islam and Christianity,” he told AFP Sunday.
Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, not the son of God, and believes he was not crucified. The film, which won an award at the 2007 Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, closely follows the story of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament, but in the end God saves Jesus from crucifixion and takes him straight to Heaven.
The state-funded film played in Iran to moderate audiences in five Tehran cinemas during the holy month of Ramadan in October and is about to be recycled in a 20 episode series on state-run national television this year.
As reported by www.ReligionAndSpirituality.com