Dubbed "Hot Jesus" by fans on the social networking website Twitter (#HotJesus), 6 foot 3 Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the central figure of Christianity in the Son of God movie, reprising his role from The Bible miniseries which premiered in March of 2013 on the History Channel. Roma Downey, who stars in the movie as Mary and also produced both the film and the miniseries with her husband Mark Burnett, says that in casting Morgado, they were searching for an actor who was "strong and charismatic, who could also be a carpenter" (New York Times).
As depicted in the movie, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. The event is referenced in the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Along with his crucifixion, many scholars see it as one of the two historically certain aspects of his life. It also marks the beginning of his public ministry.
No. In the Old Testament the title "son of God" is used to describe persons having any special relationship with God. This includes pious and just men, angels, and the descendants of Seth, who were referred to as "sons of God" (Psalm 88:7; Job 1:6, 2:1; Wisdom 2:13; etc.). In addition, the leaders of the people, including kings, princes, and judges, who were seen as being instilled with authority from God, were labeled sons of God. The theocratic king was considered a lieutenant of God. In a similar vein, God considered Israel as a nation to be his son. "And thou shalt say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Israel is my son, my firstborn. I have said to thee: Let my son go, that he may serve me" (Exodus 4:22 sq.).
In the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament, the title "Son of God" is often used in reference to Jesus Christ. This is where the movie's title comes from. For example, the Confession of St. Peter implies that Jesus is much more than the Messias (the theocratic king). "Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:15-16). Peter's conversation with Jesus is depicted in the Son of God movie. Like in the movie, Jesus goes on to tell Peter that "it is upon this rock that I will build my church." -NewAdvent.org
When evaluating the Son of God movie vs. the Bible, we discovered that the first miraculous sign Jesus performed, turning water to wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, was left out of the movie. In the Bible, this miracle unfolds in the Gospel of John. Other miracles were also left out of the movie, including giving a blind man sight.
Like in the movie, Jesus and Peter are the only two men to walk on water in the Bible. This miracle took place at the Sea of Galilee.
Yes. Son of God producer and actress Roma Downey described one such occurrence during an interview with Sean Hannity. "When we were on set and we were about to shoot the crucifixion sequence, which was the most challenging of sequences - logistically, spiritually, emotionally - we asked everybody we knew to send prayers to make sure that we would get through that one. And we had a man whose job it was on the set to clear snakes and scorpions, and on any given day maybe he cleared one or two snakes. On the morning of the crucifixion, he got up to the set and he had a cloth bag on the side of the road that was writhing, and he had cleared over forty snakes from around the foot of the cross."
She continued, "And, you know I think the symbolism of the snake wasn't lost on any of us, and we couldn't help but feel it was like a spiritual clearing had gone in ahead, and we certainly have felt that all through the project, all through the film, that there has been a kind of spiritual clearing..." -Hannity
No, as you probably already knew, Jesus did not speak English like in the Son of God movie and The Bible miniseries. In fact, the earliest form of English, Old English, is believed to have emerged long after Jesus's lifetime (fifth century A.D.), and it is barely recognizable to Modern English, the most widely used language today. With regard to the Son of God, it is believed that he primarily spoke Aramaic and certainly knew Hebrew and possibly Greek (arguments have been made for Jesus knowing other languages as well). If you recall, director Mel Gibson's 2004 movie The Passion of the Christ was shot in Aramaic and Latin, forcing nearly all viewers to follow the entire movie via subtitles. -Patheos.com
Mark Burnett is a thriving television producer who has found success primarily in reality programming, including Survivor, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Shark Tank and The Voice. His wife Roma Downey starred for nine seasons on the 1990s television series Touched by an Angel. There successes have allowed them the financial means to pursue projects they're both passionate about, including The Bible miniseries and Son of God movie.
"...I think that this film is very important," says Roma Downey, "particularly for our new generation, that they would know and understand Jesus, that they would have an opportunity to see what an amazing man he was and how much God loved us that he sent us Jesus." Downey produced the film along with her husband Mark Burnett. -Hannity
No. "It wasn't shot any differently," says producer Mark Burnett. "We use different camera angles. We shoot so much film of every scene it's easy to make alternate choices." -CatholicReview.org
Yes. Footage from the 10-hour miniseries and additional footage shot at the time the miniseries was filmed appears in the Son of God movie. Roma Downey says that as the Jesus narrative started to unfold while they were shooting The Bible miniseries, additional footage was shot with the intention of expanding that narrative into a major motion picture. -Hannity
"Absolutely on purpose," admits producer and star Roma Downey. "I absolutely wanted the Devil on the cutting room floor. I felt that the conversation that ignited after that moment in the miniseries served to be such a distraction and this movie, Son of God, is a movie about Jesus, and I didn't want to give Satan any more airtime." -Hannity
"Well, listen," says Roma Downey, "it was never the intention. I regret that it became the distraction that it became. You know, we were expecting Jesus on the screen. I was sure that everybody would be speaking the name Jesus, that that would be the point of conversation around the water cooler. And then I thought, isn't that just like the Devil, to be the narcissist that he is, that it somehow became all about him, because you know it's in this spiritual warfare of light and darkness, you know, when you do something that is filled
Yes. The film omits certain parts of the Bible that could have sparked more Bible miniseries/Son of God controversy. This includes Jesus washing the feet of his disciples (foot-bathing is also a Muslim practice that is part of the religious cleansing procedure known as Wudu). Another potentially controversial part of the Bible is when Mary spreads an expensive fragrance on Jesus's feet.
Yes. According to Matthew 27:19 in the New Testament, Pilate's wife sent a message to him requesting that he not condemn Jesus Christ to death. "Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
Though it's not stated in the movie, Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. According to all four Gospels, St. Joseph of Arimathea donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus. Joseph, who is described as being a wealthy man in Matthew 27:57, went to Pilate after the crucifixion and requested the body of Jesus. Pilate allowed Joseph's request.
In looking at the Son of God movie vs. the Bible, we began to wonder how the people behind the movie decided on what parts of the Bible to include in the film. Producers Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, along with their team of filmmakers, carefully selected particular highlights that conveyed the character and nature of Jesus as the true Son of God. -ChristianCinema.com
The most obvious difference between Son of God and 2004's The Passion of the Christ is the fact that Son of God was shot predominately in English and in The Passion of the Christ, only the ancient languages of Aramaic and Latin are spoken, with viewers having to read subtitles to keep up with the story.
Another obvious difference between The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, is its R rating. Son of God toned down the violence for a PG-13 rating. This isn't to say that the crucifixion in Son of God is easy to watch. It still contains a good bit of violence. The difference throughout the film is that less violence is shown and it is not quite as graphic.
Watch both the Son of God trailer and The Bible miniseries trailer for a preview of the biblical stories told by each film. Also, listen to prominent religious leaders as they analyze Son of God movie scenes and share their praise for the film.
WATCHSon of God Peter Goes Fishing Scene with Commentary by Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Watch the Son of God scene where
Jesus goes fishing with Peter. The movie
scene is combined with an interview and
commentary from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, a
cardinal of the Catholic Church who is the
current Archbishop of Washington.
WATCHSon of God Walking on Water Scene with Commentary by Joel Osteen
Watch the Son of God walking on
water scene along with an interview and
commentary by televangelist Joel Osteen,
Senior Pastor of Houston's Lakewood
Church, the largest church in the United
States. The Son of God movie
scene depicts Jesus calling out to Peter,
who then gets out of his boat and proceeds
to walk on water towards Jesus.
WATCHSon of God Last Supper Scene with Commentary by Archbishop Jose Gomez
Watch Jesus and his disciples break bread
at the Last Supper as this scene from the
Son of God movie unfolds with
commentary from José Gómez,
the current Catholic Archbishop of Los
Angeles. During the Son of God
Last Supper scene, Jesus encourages the
Apostles not to be afraid and to trust in
God and him. The scene ends with Peter
telling Jesus that he will lay down his
life for him.
WATCHThe Bible Miniseries Satan Scene
Watch The Bible miniseries scene
with Satan, portrayed by Moroccan actor
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni. This scene, in
which Satan tempts Jesus in the desert,
generated controversy when the media began
to point out the uncanny resemblance
between Satan and Barack Obama. It
prompted the History Channel, which aired
The Bible miniseries, to release
a statement that described the
similarities in appearance between Satan
and Obama as a "false connection." The
statement went on to say that the "History
Channel has the highest respect for
President Obama." Producer Mark Burnett
called the association "utter nonsense."
WATCHSon of God Interview - Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Diogo Morgado
Watch the Son of God interview
with Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and actor
Diogo Morgado, who took on the title role
in the film. The interviewer asks a number
of questions, including do they attribute
their successes in life to faith or very
hard work? What do they hope non-believers
come away with after seeing the film? They
also discuss the future 2015 religious TV
series A.D. that continues the
WATCHThe Bible Miniseries Trailer
An extended trailer for The
Bible, the highly successful 10-hour
miniseries from creators and producers
Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel)
and husband Mark Burnett (The
Voice, Shark Tank,
Apprentice) that aired on the History
Channel in March of 2013. The
Bible miniseries inspired Downey and
Burnett to produce the major motion
picture Son of
God, which includes most of the
WATCHSon of God Movie Trailer
Watch the Son of God movie
trailer for the film based on Mark Burnett
and Roma Downey's ten-hour History Channel
miniseries The Bible. Actor Diogo
Morgado reprises his role as Jesus and
Roma Downey again portrays Mother Mary.