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4/4/2014 (2 years ago)

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Initial polarizing effect of film muted by those returning to original source

The version of "Noah" currently in movie theaters has been in many ways divisive - there has been arguments over biblical scholars over its accuracy. This hasn't stopped audiences from seeing the film in droves, and has led many people to opening up and reading the Old Testament for the first time in many years.

Director Aronofsky has been clear that he intends 'Noah' to appeal to believers of all faiths as well as nonbelievers.

Director Aronofsky has been clear that he intends "Noah" to appeal to believers of all faiths as well as nonbelievers.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/4/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Noah, Old Testament, reading, Jesus Culture


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - YouVersion, the bible app that has been downloaded by over 135,000,000 users has reported a 300 percent spike from users. This has been traced directly back to those who have specifically gone back or referenced the Old Testament since "Noah" was released in theaters last week. The movie has inspired people regardless of their personal stance to go back, re-read the Old Testament, and share the reference with their friends and colleagues.
Controversy surrounding director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," began after the studio was concerned that religious viewers would question its faithfulness to its source.

Director Aronofsky has been clear that he intends for the film to appeal to believers of all faiths as well as nonbelievers. Stating that he wanted to create "this fantastical world ŕ la Middle Earth that they wouldn't expect from their grandmother's Bible school." "Noah" is more than two hours and the story in the Bible is all of four chapters, the majority of which dwells on the construction of the ark and the duration of the rain.

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This relative lack of detail has led to numerous interpretations over the years in various religions and traditions.

Director Aronofsky calls the film "the least Biblical Biblical film ever made." As a result, audiences have turned to the Old Testament to study the movie's accuracy.

Adding to the interest to "Noah" is a new music video by Jesus Culture. The band's lead singer Kim Walker Smith and worship leader Ki Walker-Smith is performing the single on a nationwide tour.

This music video includes some of the beautiful cinematography that audiences loved from the movie and quotes from Catholic leaders such as Raymond Kelley and Steven Greydanus.

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