Jesus Christ Superstar Essay example

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Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock-opera, emerged from the imagination of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Time Rice (lyrics),which was later brought to life on the big screen by director Norman Jewison in 1973. Filmed on location in Israel, the movie is centred around the last seven days of Christ's life, from the time he arrived in Jerusalem up until his crucifixion. The movie is truly from the point of view of Judas Iscariot, one of the most infamous of all the 12 apostles. In the film, Judas portrays Jesus, not as a miracle worker, but as a real human being with faults, doubts, and most importantly, a superstar edge. "The play is a baroque fusion of styles, rock rhythm with ballad narrative, dramatic characterization with rollicking …show more content…
Jesus eventually upset the priests of Jerusalem, Sadducees, due to the fact that the number of followers Jesus's had increased so drastically, they feared losing the basis of their religion and the business it generated.. A good example of Jesus's confrontation with the chief priest's business is when Jesus clears the temple. Jesus had arrived at the temple for prayer during Passover, only to find that his fathers home was being used to sell oxen, sheep, and patrons conducting business. "When he had made a whip of cords, he drove them all out the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables."³ Jesus then exclaimed to the crowd, "Take these things away! Do not make my father's house a house of merchandise!"( John 2:16) Acts like these led the Sadducees to begin planning out Jesus' betrayal and murder..
The final days of Jesus's life were at hand. He had foreseen the betrayal and denial of two of his apostles, and he made it known to them at his noteworthy last supper. During the last super, Jesus proclaims that one of his "faithful" disciples will deny him three times, and another would lead to betray him. Judas, an apostle, then asked Jesus, "Is It I Rabbi?" Jesus then replies, "Thou hast said it." Judas then gave Jesus a kiss,…

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