Greek Godspell Analysis

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Godspell is a musical that mainly focuses on Jesus’s teachings, and how the messages of those lessons have the power to take hold of individuals that are divided and unite them to form one community. John-Michael Tebelek, who conceived and wrote the original script for Godspell, intended to dramatize the process by which people are drawn to the love and grace of God. The playwrights also aimed to reinvent the teachings of Jesus so that they could be understood in contemporary terms. By using modern techniques, like incorporating comedy, for example, the audience finds themselves immersed in the exchanged between Jesus and His disciples and can fully comprehend the lessons of the parables that Jesus tells. Just as Christ tried to teach complex…show more content…
The parable of the Sower of the Seeds can be found in three of the four Gospel, specifically in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:1-15. The parable of the Sower, as written in the New Testament, begins evidently with a sower who is sowing seeds aimlessly. Some of these seeds happen to land on the path that does not have soil and were eaten by the birds; some fell on rocky ground, and due to lack of moisture, the seeds did were not able to grow prosperously. A handful of seeds landed among thorns, which choked the plants and also prevented them from growing. The remaining seed fell on good soil, and “it came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown” (Luke 8:8). In the New Testament, Christ explains that the various soil conditions represent the people’s reaction to the Gospel, the Word of God. It is clear that the good soil in the parable represents acceptance of the Gospels; the overall message is that those who hear the word of God and retain it, will “produce a crop” (Luke 8:15). The message of the parable of the Sower of the Seeds as portrayed on the stage is no less than identical to the theological idea that is presented by Christ in the New Testament. In fact, during the depiction of this parable, Jesus says, “The seed is the word of God,” which echoes Christ’s explanation of the parable in Matthew…show more content…
In the New Testament, the parable begins with an explanation of the relationships between a father and his two sons as well as the relationship between the sons. The parable involves the younger son asking his father for his inheritance, and then transitions to the younger son wasting away his money because he hoped to live luxuriously. The younger son eventually returns home to his father, whom he asks for forgiveness. The father accepts him with open arms, while his brother appears stunned concerning the events that transpired. The father celebrates his lost son’s return, and the brother refuses to participate in the festivities. The parable closes with the father insisting that his oldest son joins in the celebration because his younger brother “was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32). The message of this parable is quite clear: God, who Is represented by the father, offers His unconditional love and redemption to all of his children despite the severity of the offense as long as they are truly sorry and express a great desire to return to him. Similar to the parable of the Sower of the Seeds, this parable of the Prodigal Son as portrayed on the stage does not undergo any significant changes in its overall meaning. The episode during which the parable was depicted was in fact dramatized. The final part of the scene during which
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