Who was the historical Jesus? Here, veteran film director Paul Verhoeven's lifelong obsession with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth culmintaes in a work of brazen scholarship. Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man. He constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born of rape, as a spiritualist who exorcised demons and a militant revolutionary. Like all things Verhoeven, this will shock, inspire and revolutionise thought.
Acclaimed as the director of such films as Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers, PAUL VERHOEVEN was born in 1938 in the Netherlands, where he took a dual degree in math and physics. After moving to Los Angeles in 1985 to pursue his film career, Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their activities are devoted to determining more precisely the words and actions of the historical Jesus. Verhoeven's Jesus of Nazareth, the result of his research, was published in 2010.