Book Review: After The Passion is Gone

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Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ no longer tops the box office charts. But the passions it raised continue to unsettle the American religious conversation.

In After The Passion is Gone leading scholars of religion representing Protestant, Catholic and Jewish positions ask what Gibson's film and the resulting controversy reveal about Christians, Jews, and the possibilities of interreligious dialogue in the U.S. Moving beyond questions of whether the movie was antisemitic or whether the movie was too violent, Landres and Berenbaum's collection uses the movie as a jumping-off point to explore a wide range of American attitudes about Jesus and Jews, about violence and victims. After The Passion is Gone provides a unique opportunity to think through vital points in Jewish-Christian relations and religion in 21st century America raised by Gibson's epic.