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Expert on Jesus in Film Available to Discuss “The Passion of Christ”

Reverend Dr. Frank Crouch, Dean of Moravian Theological Seminary

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The Reverend Dr. Frank Crouch, vice president and dean of the Moravian Theological Seminary, is available to media to discuss the new movie “The Passion of Christ.” Crouch can provide perspective regarding the historical portrayal of Jesus in film and how it contrasts with Mel Gibson’s new epic. Crouch has been teaching a course on Jesus in film for many years. Looking back over the more than 100 films that have centered on the life of Jesus, the New Testament scholars says, “viewers can gain perspective by comparing Gibson’s choices in ‘the Passion’ with directors’ choices in Jesus films that have established themselves as American standards since the 1960s.”

Crouch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of North Carolina in 1977. He graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1980, and he received his doctorate in New Testament Studies from Duke University in 1996. Since 1996, he has served as an assistant professor of New Testament at the Seminary, where he has designed and taught courses in all areas of New Testament Studies.

An ordained Moravian pastor since 1980, Dr. Crouch has served as associate pastor of Fairview Moravian Church and as pastor of Providence Moravian Church, both in Winston-Salem.

Moravian Theological Seminary is a graduate-professional school of theology affiliated with the Moravian Church of America. The Seminary is also affiliated with Moravian College, a private liberal arts college. The Seminary awards three degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The institution also awards certificates in theological studies. Visit the web site at http://www.moravianseminary.edu.

Contact Michael Wilson, (610) 861-1365, or CELL (484) 695-3277, email wilson@moravian.edu.