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Dick Houtman and Birgit Meyer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239450

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.001.0001

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A Pentecostal Passion Paradigm: The Invisible Framing of Gibson's Christ in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

A Pentecostal Passion Paradigm: The Invisible Framing of Gibson's Christ in a Dutch Pentecostal Church

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(p.250) A Pentecostal Passion Paradigm: The Invisible Framing of Gibson's Christ in a Dutch Pentecostal Church
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Miranda Klaver

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0015

This essay is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a Dutch Pentecostal church, a denomination that is typically taken to privilege the immediacy of experience over material and visual mediation. In this church, however, mostly because of the influence of Mel Gibson's blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ (2004), much attention is paid to the blood and suffering of Christ, in a way traditionally associated with Catholicism. This is because Pentecostal biblical literalism resonates well with the movie's hyperrealism and Gibson's claims about its historical authenticity. In this Pentecostal context, then, the blood of Christ has come to be understood as an embodied source of material power.

Keywords:   Netherlands, Pentecostalism, Dutch Pentecostalism, Semiotic ideology, Materiality, Blood of Christ

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