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Star of Bethlehem

Doederlein, Dr; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Although the Church in the eighteenth century was losing its hold over the minds of scientists and philosophers, it was able to keep a grip on the imaginations of simpler people by telling them the stories of their faith in a way which was easy for them to understand. The most important story, of course, was that of the birth of Christ; but to the peasants of southern Italy who knew nowhere but their own villages, it was useless to talk of inns in Bethlehem or the Roman governor of Judea. The Church therefore had local woodcarvers make figures, none more than a handspan high, of the Holy Family, dressed in the familiar clothes of the peasants' own time and place. The three shepherds who come to worship the newborn baby are obviously based on three local shepherds; the innkeeper who has no room is a grasping Neapolitan; and Herod and his soldiers massacring the innocents are dressed as Turks, the cruellest enemy of whom the peasants would have heard, or as Moslems, the arch-enemies of Christianity. There is no narration. Credits Original music: Mark Lothan
Release Date
2000
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by The Roland Collection in 2000.
Publisher no.
1058704 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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