Eli was the high priest kohen gadol of shiloh, the secondtolast israelite judge succeeded only by samuel before the rule of the kings of israel and judah. Eli is the man with one name who ambles into a backwater burg in search of water and comes face to face with evil in the form of carnegie gary oldman, who is involved with the blind claudia jennifer beals while he pursues claudias nubile daughter solara mila kunis. The movie does have a significant amount of violence however, the violence is analogous to situations in the bible where the israelites were commanded to annihilate their enemies on the way to the promised land. The book of eli is a wellacted movie with striking cinematography. He is thrown into another world after a car accident. Our topics include conspiracy theory, secret societies, ufos and more. I loved the part when gary said he needed the words of the book to rule over the other towns. Nominate a book for the 2021 christianity today book awards. Christianity and the book of eli believe it or not.
In the book of eli he had the opportunity to channel his christian beliefs and behavior into an intriguing character. Christianity today russ breimeier ed travis cine y letras. The book of eli, purpose of bible the book youtube. Eli by bill myers goodreads meet your next favorite book.
The book of eli continues hollywoods infatuation with postapocalyptic stories, where the book of eli is a thoughtful, art movie adapted from a pulitzer prizewinning novel, eli is more of a brated action film affected by the visual design of graphic novels, even though its more thought provoking and less of an adrenaline rush than action films of even the 1980s. In the midst of wellwritten snippets of their own story, claire and eli raise a series points concerning relationships and marriage in american christianity today. The book of eli pray, bible, spiritual, experience. Denzel washington is more than just an oscarwinning superstar. If this were made today the book would be the choose any religion but christianity and mila kunis would be saving denzel from getting raped in a culvert pipe. Its why he laments taking part in violence, regrets not sharing the book with the world, and is saddened that he didnt live the way the book instructed him to. The book of eli is an oldfashioned western dressed up in postapocalyptic rags. With this as a backdrop, after seeing the highly publicized film, the book of eli, i find it hard to discard the idea that it comes to fulfill a goal far from artistic and aesthetic precepts, and that its premier in this is tightly linked to the era that christianity is living through today. Home delivery of ct magazine complete access to articles on christianitytoday. With denzel washington, mila kunis, ray stevenson, gary oldman. One night eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The book of eli is a story about a post nuclear fallout america where anarchy is the norm and survival is hardearned.
With their first book, 1993s the onetoone future, don peppers and martha rogers introduced the idea of managing interactive. But, in the midst of the chaos walks a man in possession of a. Given the ruined and dead landscape of his world, we dont know where he. That didnt stop the pastors from being just as mega churchy as they can be with christianity. It is the best christian movie i have ever seen despite the fact that im sure the writers werent really looking for it to be christian. Funny how things have changed in such a short period of time. In conclusion the book of eli signifies the importance of one to uphold christianity and how man has the desire for power. If the studio decided to release an edited version of this film, then it might find a bigger christian audience flocking to the theaters.
It was one of a spat of post apocalyptic dramas with washed out color and characters who care more about surviving to the end of the day than dental hygiene. God spoke to eli to find the book,bible, and transport it to a safe haven. Discussion about the book of eli teaches you that christianity is the only religion page 2 at the godlikeproductions conspiracy forum. A comprehensive history of christianity around the globe, this book is a massive work of scholarship filled with information about how the church interacts with history and culture and how it has changed over time and in different regions. Therefore, he has seen and knows the power of religion and wanted to use it to minipulate the people for his personal gain. The book of eli was intense, and the plot was awesome. The role of denzel washington brings a positive message about obdedience, faith and perseverance. Cross i am legend with the ten commandments and youve got the book of eli, a genuinely religious parable that. Christianity today s 2020 book awards our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
All this is shown by carnegie who has his focus on finding the book of which he could use it to control over the human. The word eli is the first word jesus spoke from the cross calling out to god. The lord calls samuel the boy samuel ministered before the lord under eli. Christianity todays 2020 book awards christianity today.
The book of eli is a movie that promotes christian values. Eli survived the war, and is on a quest to deliver the precious book carried in his pack to a place he only calls west. Thank you lord for a warm bed to sleep on, thank you for the food we are about to eat, thank you for a roof over our heads on cold nights such as this, thank you for companionship in hard times like. However, the violence and language is too much for families. The book of samuel, or 1 samuel and 2 samuel, form part of the narrative history of israel in the neviim or prophets section of the hebrew bibleold testament, called the deuteronomistic history, a series of books joshua, judges, samuel and kings that constitute a theological history of the israelites and aim to explain gods law for israel under the guidance of the prophets. They emphasize the importance of finding balance in both single and married life, and ask excelled questions concerning the striking lack of selfdenial and spiritual disciplines.
A postapocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across america in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Books are scarce since apparently many people believed religion was the cause of the desolation, and so all religious books were destroyed. Jesus and the book of eli part 1 worldviews, worship. Through eli, comes the message that the bible is powerful and that one should allow god to direct our lives. The premise of eli centers around the biblenot just as a book or an object of immense cultural value, but as a source of power. And just to give fair warning, im going to assume that if youre reading this, then you have also seen the film, and i cant. The lamp of god had not yet gone out, and samuel was lying down in the house of the lord, where the ark of god was. The cat in question is later shared with a mouse talk about a role reversal.
And that eye is exactly the one jesus eli wanted to expose as being shifty. Theological movie month part two the book of eli the. Christianity today asked more than 100 of its contributors and church leaders to nominate the ten best religious books of the twentieth century. The book of eli teaches you that christianity is the only. Theres a tacit understanding that this power can be abused carnegies selfish desire for the book gives voice to christianitys darker historical chapters, but were told, through eli, that the bible is inherently a good thing. Eli is the name of the films protagonist denzel washington, who we first meet as he preys upon an illfated feline in a forest as ash drifts down from the sky a nod to 911. In the movie the book of eli why was the bible so important. By patti maguire armstrong patti maguire armstrong is an awardwinning author and was the managing editor and coauthor of ascension press bestselling amazing grace series.
In eli, since jesus had not come 2000 years previously, the mega churches were actually like synagogues, because christianity didnt exist. You will understand why washingtons character goes to such extremes to protect the book at the end of the movie. The story is decidedly christian, although the violence is extreme, hence the r rating. This book by bill myers, eli follows the story of a tv journalist named conrad davis. The book of eli, christianity, 32 replies why are people most likely to buy a self wisdom book then to fully live out then buy a bible book to fully live out. This is a post ive actually wanted to make for quite awhile as the book of eli has been on my five greatest movies ever made list ever since i saw it it currently stands at number three. Eli came out in 2010, just a year after the road starring vigo mortensen. As far as the road is concerned, it is filled with spiritual themes.
Jesus and the book of eli part 1 remember the book of eli. What happens when you love a racist christianity today. Alcon entertainments action adventure film the book of eli is a warner bros. A powerful allegory, with crisp writing and a compelling story, this is definitely worth reading. Given that the movie is intense and rated r for violence and language, it will attract a different crowd than the typical wholesome family. This story of hannah, with which the books of samuel begin, involves eli. Elkanah also had another wife who bore him children. Elis primary motivation is faith, which is why he protects the book at all costs, believes his journey is a pilgrimage order by god, and is immune to all harm while he carries the book. He is thrown into a world where jesus christ was not born 2,000 years ago, but born in today s society.
Christianity today provides thoughtful, biblical perspectives on theology, church, ministry, and culture on the official site of christianity today magazine. Bill myers brings the gospel story into modern times with eli, a story of a parallel universe where jesus didnt come two thousand years ago, but today. Known in hollywood today for his strong christian beliefs, washington grew up in the pentecostal church of god in christ, where his father was a minister. And that eye is exactly the one jesuseli wanted to expose as being shifty. The book of eli continues hollywoods obsession with postapocalyptic tales, and in many ways feels like it belongs in the same world as the road with its ashladen wastelands and crazed cannibals. See more ideas about the book of eli, elis, denzel washington. The book of eli is a strong story about a godfearing man determined to obey the will of the lord.857 1418 1079 652 453 197 87 629 1109 38 95 1493 1117 1397 742 1125 121 107 846 566 1404 398 1460 1449 796 107 95 1056 1483 212 1373 634