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Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven is the director of hit films including Robocop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997) and Black Book (2006). Aside from the cinema he has another lifelong fascination: Jesus. After leaving the Netherlands he applied to join the ‘Jesus Seminar’ in California, a prominent association of liberal theologians who address the question of what Jesus the historical figure actually said and did. Jesus of Nazareth is based on papers Verhoeven wrote for the Seminar.

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

(J.M. Meulenhoff, 2008, 288 pages)

Paul Verhoeven, free spirit and director of such films as Robocop and Basic Instinct, which brim with sex and violence, used to be a member of the Pentecostal Church and has been fascinated by the life of Jesus since childhood. He once asked his father whether Jesus felt pain when he was crucified. Couldn’t God do anything about that? Receiving no answer, Verhoeven continued searching. In his films he explores the outer limits of acceptability, and he does so again in this his first book, defending positions that certainly do not square with the official teachings of the Church.

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