Unlocking “Noah” - Bible Midrash & Moviemaking
Even before its 2014 release, Darren Aronofsky's film, "Noah," starring Russell Crowe, was criticized for not providing an accurate depiction of the Biblical narrative. Of course, the biblical story is really little more than a skeletal narrative on which readers for millennia have projected their own experiences, imagination, emotions and conflicts to fully realize its many complex meanings and implications. We will examine ancient Jewish apocryphal and rabbinic literature used by the moviemakers to flesh out the skeleton and provide a basis for their own “midrashic” retelling. We will view the movie before and after four study sessions.