By Alissa Wilkinson
There are, as far as I can tell, three camps of viewers when it comes to movies based on stories from the Bible.
- The first is the literalists: if anything appears on screen that isn't on the page, then they turn it off.
- The second group of Bible film watchers see the Biblical story as inspiration, but are fine with whatever happens on screen, no matter how off-book it goes.
- The third group lies somewhere in the middle, seeing the story as an outline that ought to be followed in general, but reserving the freedom to change in minor ways, invent, or draw on other texts to serve the cinematic medium—and, more importantly, to serve the story of the text, and to evoke an experience in the reader.