Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hannibal analysis - part 10: Another biblical reference: Jews as children of the Devil


Above six screencaps: Looking at a video (through Starling's eyes) of an imprisoned Hannibal Lecter biting a nurse (at some point in time prior to the beginning of Hannibal), when we, the audience, get our first view of the video monitor digital readout (at the lower right of the monitor screen in the top left screencap), it shows '08:42:47'. We watch as it advances to '08:42:56' (middle right screencap), then the camera cuts to Starling's face for a couple of seconds; then when we are shown the video again, the readout has mysteriously gone back to '08:42:52' (lower left screencap), even though the action in the video has continued to proceed forward, i.e., Starling has not re-wound the video. It then advances to '08:42:53' (lower right screencap); then, after a few more seconds, the camera cuts to Starling again. Note the inconsistencies in what is shown on the monitor at the two '08:42:52' and the two '08:42:53' readings - it is as if the movie-makers are emphasizing these two particular readouts.

We are to take the initial display readout, '08:42:47', as a reference to the bible, Gospel of John chapter 8, verses 42-47, which comprise the section titled The Children of the Devil. From the New International Version of the bible (Jesus is here speaking to a crowd of Jews):

42. Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46. Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47. He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

As stated above, the readout advances to '08:42:56'. Verses 48-56 of chapter 8 of John fall under The Claims of Jesus About Himself. Verses 52 and 53 have been placed in bold-face type below, since those are the verses which seem to be 'emphasized' by the video monitor readout (as described in the caption to the screencaps). From the New International Version:

48. The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?" 49. "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50. I am not seeking glory for myself, but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51. I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." 52. At this the Jews exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. 53. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?" 54. Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."


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