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The Visual Bible: Matthew is a 1993 film portraying the life of Jesus as it is found in the Gospel of Matthew. The complete Gospel is presented word-for-word based on the New International Version of the Bible. It was directed by South African film maker Regardt van den Bergh and stars veteran actor Richard Kiley in the role of St. Matthew (who narrates the movie), newcomer Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, and Gerrit Schoonhoven as Peter.[1][2] Marchiano portrays Jesus as a joyous, earthy, personal man with a sense of humour.[3][4]

The Visual Bible: Matthew
The Visual Bible Matthew.jpg
The cover of the Mandarin version
Directed byRegardt van den Bergh
Produced byChuck Bush
Written byJohann Potgieter
StarringBruce Marchiano
Narrated byRichard Kiley
Distributed byVisual Bible International
Release date
October 1, 1993 (1993-10-01)
Running time
265 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
United States

The film has been dubbed into various foreign languages including Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.



In Israel/Palestine/Jordan, then known as Judea (Roman province) of the Roman Empire, Jesus Christ of Nazareth travels around the country with his disciples preaching to the people about God and salvation of their souls. He claims to be the son of God and the Messiah. He is arrested by the Romans and crucified. He rises from the dead after three days.


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  1. ^ To Tell the Story Page 73 C Thomas Elkins - 2011 "The actors in these Biblical Docu/Dramas are well known: Richard Kiley, Jennifer O'Neil, Bruce Marchiano, Dean Jones, ... 140 The Visual Bible, Matthew and Acts (Dallas, TX: Visual International and Visual Entertainment, Inc., 1997"
  2. ^ Cast list IMDB entry on Matthew
  3. ^ Kathleen E. Corley, Robert Leslie Webb Jesus and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ Page 37 2004 "Yet recently there have been several portrayals of Jesus as a man with a sense of humor, from Bruce Marchiano's 'American apple-pie' Jesus in the Visual Bible's Matthew (Regardt van den Bergh, 1996), to Jeremy Sisko's Jesus (Roger Young ..."
  4. ^ Review describing portrayal of Jesus in this film

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