This essay examines the integration of the Christian narrative of sacrifice—the Crucifixion—into contemporary Israeli cinema. This story has gradually seeped into the more dominant narrative of sacrifice in Israeli culture: that of the biblical Binding of Isaac. The article draws particular attention to a significant transition in the representation of human sacrifice in Israeli political cinema dealing with the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and examines the significant political impact of this transition on the Israeli national narrative. The article questions the ways these narratives of self-sacrifice are incorporated in the films and what the Israeli cinematic perspective on the conflict gains from this use of Christian themes as a way to obtain public penance, forgiveness, and redemption.
Ben-Zvi Morad, Yael
"From Binding to Crucifixion: The Political Role of Christian Motifs in Israeli Cinema,"
Jewish Film & New Media: Vol. 6:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jewishfilm/vol6/iss2/2