The Truth about Pulp Fiction and Ezekiel 25:17

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Of the 50+ postings I’ve made on TruthByGrace.org, the runaway most-read post remains the “Top 5 Most Misquoted, Misused, and Misunderstood Bible Verses.”
Given the preoccupation with misused Bible verses, I want share what I find to be, by far, one of the most intriguing, and perhaps unrealized, modern misquotations of the Bible. In a 2004 poll, Samuel L. Jackson’s misquotation of Ezekiel 25:17, in Pulp Fiction, was voted the fourth best movie speech of all time.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the scene. Jackson says,

“Do you read the Bible, Brett? Well there’s this passage I’ve got memorized – sort of fits this occasion. Ezekiel 25:17.”

Then Jackson goes on to deliver what appears to be a tremendously dramatic Bible exhortation:

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”

*The following video contains violent content not suitable for all viewers.

The thing is, the quotation above is not at all a proper rendering of Ezekiel 25:17. The actual verse reads as follows:

Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Sure Jackson’s quote finishes along the same lines as the Bible verse, but the preceding lines in Pulp Fiction’s rendition appear nowhere in the Bible, and certainly not in Ezekiel chapter 25. Additionally, there are a couple of theological inconsistencies present in the Pulp Fiction monologue. Admittedly, Quentin Tarantino, the writer and director of Pulp Fiction, dreamed up this quotation as a re-imagining of several Biblical themes, and reworked them as a monologue that he believed best expressed the drama intended for the movie scene.

Pretty much all of the themes Jackson’s passage incorporates are found in different places in the Bible, but they are all re-workings, not true to the original text. The portion of the monologue about the tyranny of evil men is inspired by Ezekiel 34. The portion about the valley of darkness refers to King David’s words in Psalm 23, and the portion about being one’s brother’s keeper refers to the first human death, occurring in Genesis 4, in which Cain, after murdering his brother, asks the LORD, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

It should be noted that this post is neither an endorsement of Tarantino’s re-rendering the Bible, nor of the movie Pulp Fiction as a theological guide. I would hope that much would be obvious. But, what I do find most interesting, and want to point out, is that often over-looked in this incredibly popular film is the salvation story of Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield. Toward the end of the movie the savage bounty hunter experiences what clearly seems to resemble the effectual calling of the LORD.

Winnfield, who seemed to have always had a passing fascination with the way the words of the Bible sounded (rather than what they actually meant), comes to confess that in the context of (his rendition of) Ezekiel 25:17, he has always been “the tyranny of evil men.” But by divine revelation (or as he called it, “a moment of clarity”) he has come to the realization that he must denounce his wicked ways and strive to ”be the shepherd.” Jules Winnfield has experienced what Ezekiel 36:26-27 tell us is a regeneration of the heart.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

*The following video contains language not suitable for all viewers.

As the end of the movie nears, this enlightened Jules Winnfield, rather than kill a man that he previously would have, says this about (his rendering of) Ezekiel 25:17:

“Now… I been sayin’ that *** for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ***. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a ***** before I popped a cap in his ***. But I saw some **** this mornin’ made me think twice. […] See, now I’m thinking it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that **** ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.”

And for that reason, rather than kill Ringo, Jules shares this brief testimony and gives Ringo his wallet (which Ringo was trying to steal). In doing so he begins the process of repentance, turning from his prior way of life.

Lost in the melee of the artistic brilliance and grunge that Pulp Fiction truly is, lies a beautiful, realistic, and moving depiction of God’s sovereign grace in the redemption of lost men. See, God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Nothing we have done on our own qualifies us more than another for the saving grace of God. It is of no advantage to a person who feels they have lived more righteously than another if they are without faith in Christ. The Bible is explicit in telling us that separate from being reborn in Christ there is no one who does good, not even one (Romans 3:12). But the good news is that God wishes to show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us through Jesus Christ, and by grace God saves the wicked through their faith. This faith is not anyone’s own doing; but it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:7-8.) This is the gift Jules Winnfield, in Pulp Fiction, is experiencing. You see, in sending Christ to die on the cross, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God. This is how wicked people, incapable of consistently doing the right thing, incapable of controlling our thoughts, incapable of controlling our mouths, and incapable of always acting rightly (guys like Jules Winnfield…guys like myself, and each and everyone of us)…this is how Christ brings us to reconciliation with God the Father. Jules Winnfield had his “come to Jesus moment.” By his faith he was made new. Maybe you’ve never picked up on that part of this movie before…maybe you have. But by your faith in the Lord, you can be forgiven. God will put in you a new heart, and give you a fresh start to live in right standing with Him. You need only repent and believe in Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

**I would like to add that this post is not an endorsement of the graphic content or unrighteous themes of the movie, Pulp Fiction, nor is it an endorsement of the movie as a theological guide. Rather, this post is an attempt to shine the light of Biblical Truth amongst movie fans that might otherwise not hear the gospel and choose to remain in darkness, continuing to view this movie quote as nothing more than (as Jackson’s character would say), “a cold-blooded thing to say to a ***** before I pop a cap in his ***.”

***Download Full PDF Version (The PDF version is a more thorough, technical, reworking and elaboration on the contents of the original post further incorporating feedback and input from the comments section below.  I chose to include this PDF as a separate document rather than editing the original post for fear of tampering with the effectiveness of the original post or damaging the integrity of the ongoing dialogue in the comments section.  If you enjoy this post I do hope you will appreciate the PDF as it has additional content.) ***

If you enjoyed this film analysis, you may also enjoy my other film analyses of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road or Richard Linklater’s Bernie starring Jack Black.

Chad W. Hussey is an average Jesus loving iconoclastic non-conformist neighborhood hope dealer – a husband, father, urban missionary, community group leader, Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Community Life Intern at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY.

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120 thoughts on “The Truth about Pulp Fiction and Ezekiel 25:17

    • Luke 6; 42
      How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

      Those who judge, will be judge by the almighty king. And He is a great Judge. So stop, and put a hold on your tongue. God blesd you all.

      • Not sure what context you’re using that passage and to whom you are speaking. Please clarify both, please. Thanks.

      • Chad, I wonder (and I’m not trying to be a wise guy and I’m not trying to be facetious, either) what you would think of going to a movie night with non-believing friends where the films on the bill were “Scream” (1996 and 1997), “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1985), and “Jawbreaker” (1999). Let me give just a hint of what one of the screenwriters apparently has said. Kevin Williamson, screenwriter for “Scream”, reportedly confessed, “(Scream) is (nothing but a) wicked film.” When he says “wicked”, he doesn’t mean it as “really cool” or “really impressive”: he indeed means it as nothing less than *evil*.

        So, again I would ask: would you be comfortable with inviting friends to movie nights at your residence and play these wicked evil movies. Take it from Kevin Williamson.

        • Respectfully, I’m still not sure if I’ve adequately communicated what this blog post is doing. This is not an instruction to people to go and watch Pulp Fiction. This is an invitation for people, (Christian and unbelieving) who have already seen Pulp Fiction, to think Christianly. In regards to the movies you mentioned above, this is a Romans 14 issue. It’s not what you watch, it’s how you watch it. The boundary for what each person can watch righteously is different for each person. Of course there are some things that no person can watch in a righteous manner, but not every person who watches Pulp Fiction is going to be taken by evil. As you see by my post, I have seen the redemption narrative within the movie, that element of redemption stirs my affections for Christ, and it has encouraged me to use it as a way to tell others about Him. Not everyone would watch Pulp Fiction and be affected that same way, but to quote C. S. Lewis, “One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way.” As for horror movies or “R” rated movies, the way movies are rated (and also judged) is not a perfect science…nor does it always make sense. For instance, The Passion of the Christ was rated R, and yet there are movies that are far more evil than the movies you mentioned above that contain no profanity, no sex, no drugs, etc., but the message they communicate is pure evil. Take for instance, the 1935 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. This movie contains none of the markers to make it rated R, but I would argue that it is easily more evil, and was far more destructive to mankind than nearly any film in history. I still believe it is something to be preserved, and not piled up and burned. To burn the film, would be to erase a piece of documentation of the atrocity of the Third Reich and the knowledge of how it came to be. All of that to say, to view any movie mindlessly is sinful. To be taken by the evil elements of a film is sinful. But even the Apostle Paul, in Acts 17 studied the Greek pagan culture and used it as the on ramp by which he was able to communicate the gospel to the philosophers, intellectuals, and learners at Mars Hill. So, to answer your question, I probably wouldn’t have my friends to my house to endorse the watching of movies of questionable repute, but I absolutely do want to be able to talk to people about things they know about and enjoy, so that I can help them to begin to see things Christianly, so that they might come to see that ultimately Christ is better than all else. I hope that helps further communicate my heart in the matter.

        • It was an entertaining movie that also delved deeply into all the characters motivations, backgrounds, and sins.

          As an exploratory film of the human condition, and how evil can envelope even the characters intending good, it is a masterpiece.

          This article very deftly describes the inner struggle Jules is having. Samuel Jackson’s performance made these scenes. No other actor could have delivered those monologues they way he did.

          As for the content of this article, I agree with it 100%. I would not endorse the film for Christians, but if one wishes to peer into the souls of men and women struggling internally with good and evil, you won’t find a better secular movie.

          • Calm down. It is a movie that illustrates an art mediume meant to show the dark side of the world we live in. Yet, made it a point to show that seeing the light can save you. Look what happened to his partner that refused to believe. That is if you aren’t too judgmental to watch a movie.

    • This would then be consistent with a character, like say, a hitman who likes the sound of his own voice. A showman of ill repute.

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  2. Hello. So let me get this straight. So are you saying that Pulp Fiction is a Christian movie, and that Samuel Jackson’s character actually gets saved, and that the character actually shows true repentance, and that we should watch the movie and promote it as a Christian movie, and that we should overlook what the character says and does previously in the movie because it’s art and we should give the artist artistic license to do whatever he wants, and that this movie is not only art, but it is Christian art? And yes, I saw the movie and I walked out and got my money back in full. (Nowdays, movie theaters probably don’t give refunds, but back then, I got my money back.)

    • No, I am not saying that Pulp Fiction is a Christian movie or that it should be considered Christian entertainment. This article wasn’t written that believing Christians would seek Pulp Fiction as a theological guide, but rather that non-believing Pulp Fiction fans would be given a deeper awareness of the theological underpinnings at work within the story line. The movie is dark; no doubt. And, having a theological discussion about it is controversial; granted. However, this monologue is one of the most searched movie monologues on the internet. Sadly, while it contains biblical content, nearly none of the search results attempt to teach any biblical concepts or deliver the Gospel. My calling is to find the lost wherever and however I can, and point them towards a saving relationship with Christ. I saw this as an open opportunity to present the Gospel to people who otherwise may not hear it. My prayer is that, if God would bless it, that non-believers might be inspired by whatever Biblical truth is contained within this article and seek further knowledge of God in His Word. As for the character in the movie, and what he had done in the past, salvation comes only by repentant faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come by any works of man (Ephesians 2:8-9), nor does God withhold it from anyone for their past sins. The only sin that is not forgiven is the rejection of the Spirit of God. God has not just promised to forgive us all our sins, but also to completely forget them (Hebrews 8:12). Even the sins portrayed in this movie. This is of course afforded us not by our works, but by our repentant faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Let us not deny anyone access to the cross, or deny them the opportunity to be saved by faith in the reconciliation to God that Jesus Christ has already provided for all of us. Thank you for your feedback, and I hope that’s helpful and answers your questions.

      • As a Jew, this is my favorite Bible passage:

        Deuteronomy 13:6-10 New International Version (NIV)
        6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

        • I’m curious to know how you apply the Levitical Law of Israel (such as the one above) outside of it’s intended application to Deuteronomic Israel? I don’t know that it has any application for today. Reformed Jews don’t enforce this, obviously, and Christians understand that Christ has abrogated such laws, fulfilling the Levitical Law, and instructing His followers to “Love your enemy,” and “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” I’m curious to know why this verse holds particular interest to you.

          • Thanks for the great research you did; after seeing the movie last night again and recently having purchased a bible I looked up the passage and was a bit surprised to see it was not at all as quoted in the movie. Initially that was a disappointment but after seeing your explanation I’m back to thinking Pulp Fiction is just one great movie. Good old Quentin.

      • i watched pulp fiction loved it but liked the idea that a bad guy like jewels can change. you just gave me a whole new list and direction of quotes n passages that i can now delve deeper into on my journey to being a better person in a way that a person who has never known any more than movie quotes that have touched me n opened my mind to a higher purpose. i’m not saying this will save me but it has definitely bettered me and given me some small measure of guidance to work with. reading all these other posts made me think i had to let you know that what you wrote was not in vain. i think it was all the “black n white” narrow minded hypocrites like your critics here that originally turned me away from god as they can be so judgemental. i bet they all have more dirty secrets than 9 out of 10 people who live in the grey. i’m not a guy to put my thoughts to words often but thank you again. the world needs more compassion n understanding and less critics. i’m also interested in reading more about genesis 1:12 and the psalm especially 69 and where ” an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth ” comes into the bible. i have tried reading the bible but like most laws it is written in a way that i have trouble grasping at the translations if you know what i mean. god gave us seeds to use not pharmaceutical drugs to modify our behavior for a profit.( that id bet half of the critics indulge in and except as the norm. i know what im writing is unorganised and not researched but like i said today u opened my eyes and have given me a direction to finding myself through god. thankyou

        • hi Matt

          a great tool that I use in my journey and to understand the Bible is the Bible project. youtube them!
          #utterBrilliance

    • The fact that you created this post is absolutely ridiculous. In no way at all did the author condone or promote the movie of Pulp Fiction in any way. He even states the fact that he does not endorse the movie Pulp Fiction. I love the movie Pulp Fiction and also consider myself a rather devout Christian. I watch Pulp Fiction and see it very much as a story about the divine intervention in the otherwise corrupt soul of Samuel L. Jackson’s character. In relationship to what the author said as a response to your comment, I would have never even known about this site or read the any articles from it, if it were not for the movie Pulp Fiction. Chad truly succeeded in creating, “. . . an open opportunity to present the Gospel to people who otherwise may not hear it.” I think it is truly “a righteous man walking through the valley of darkness” who can write something spiritually enlightening from a movie misquote. Kudos to you Chad. I also believe that someone who is going to read this post then insult it (and derive a bunch of completely unsupported beliefs about the authors intentions), should leave any online posting or commenting to someone else. I am truly grateful for stumbling across this article and give major props and prayers to the author.
      (P.S. Don’t start two sentences in a row with the word “so”. It makes one sound illiterate.)

        • I just wanted to thank you, brother, for posting whether you agree with this article or not. I am certainly encouraged and supportive of any conversation about our Lord (Philippines 1:18). I enjoyed the faith-based resources on your web site and appreciate your heart for the kingdom. Thank you for your ministry.=o) It is a true saying that “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”

      • Mark,
        I a glad you have clarified the truth, the mixed Bible verses used in Pulp Fiction especially with “Jules”. I know people do not understand what Your point is other than the explanation that as you said it is one of the most searched Bible verse in Internet and you clarified the verse is incorrect and a mixture of verse for a more dramatic Hollywood picture. I never saw by reading this about you informing people this was a Christian movie. For those of you that just totally are off the whole point. Yes we all understand the verse used is incorrect !!! Yet the main fact is You pointed out how even a Hitman killer ect , can finally be touched by the Lord in his plans for every individual . So what no matter how good you might think you are compared to a person like “Jules”, you as well can be Saved .
        Sin as I’ve read in the Bible is all equal . Stealing, Audultry, Idolizing, Envy, telling a Lie are all seen by the Lord are
        EQUAL.
        Thanks Mark

    • Wow, what a Stupid question to ask. He Clearly explained it to you once, are you that dumb that you can’t understand what he said already. You sound like a Legalistic Christian that needs to get off the Milk of the Word and Mature to the Meat of Understanding.

    • The above CLEARLY states ‘It should be noted that this post is neither an endorsement of Tarantino’s re-rendering the Bible, nor of the movie Pulp Fiction as a theological guide. I would hope that much would be obvious’..

      obviously it wasn’t obvious to yourself Mr Daily Decibel :/
      and the writer doesn’t refer to it as ‘Christian Art’ either.. did we read the same thing?

      Personally, i thought it was an interesting read indeed !

    • “and that we should overlook what the character says and does previously in the movie”

      What the heck, man?? Yes you SHOULD. Because that’s what Jesus HIMSELF says you should do!!

      Don’t you see that it’s BECAUSE of what the character says and does previously in the movie that makes the whole narrative of redemption more potent??

      I really have to wonder what is wrong with you, that you would think a man’s redemption is LESSENED by the fact he was a sinner. That’s crap!! The fact that even a character like this, who was a cold-hearted murderer who didn’t think twice about executing his targets, can be REDEEMED is one powerful message to me. Jesus’ strongest points are on the UNIVERSALITY of redemption.

      I find it sad that you think this character’s redemption isn’t up to your standards merely because he was a bad person before repentance, rather than embracing the idea of REDEMPTION for ALL espoused by Jesus.

      It’s one thing for a good man to pray for redemption, it’s a wholly more significant thing for a cold-hearted hitman to pray for redemption. The story of the Prodigal Son shows which event is more significant spiritually.

      Only a mortal could think a character like Jules is beyond redemption, but the POINT of Jesus’ message was that even someone like that is worth saving.

      By saying we shouldn’t value the narrative of redemption because of the actions of the man beforehand, you’re pretty much diluting the ~potency~ of the word of God. You’re telling us to IGNORE all who seek forgiveness except those who were virtuous to begin with. Which is the EXACT opposite of Jesus’ teachings!! Jesus said the healthy man doesn’t need a doctor. It’s people like Jules who need redemption.

        • I only wanted to post an apology to everyone for anything wrong I’ve said in this whole thread, including all of my posts and also my responses to “Sam Spade”. I don’t hold anything against any of the people here. If I used bad language, I apologize and I regret any wrongdoings.

          • I just want to say thank you, sir, for taking part in the dialogue, and for coming back to practice something we could all use more of: humility. You are welcome here to express your feelings, whether I should happen to agree with them or not. All is certainly forgiven on my end, and there are no hard feelings here.

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  4. Excellent! Thank you very much for this explanation! The quote remains a “cool thing to say” but now has even more power since one can explain to people the errors, and thereby use it as an opportunity to spread the word of God! You have to sometimes get into the mud to help pull someone else out. If we “Christians” walk around not willing to subject ourselves to the sinners “world”, how are we supposed to reach them? “Judging the “hell” out of them” is not what Jesus asked us to do. You should Love the “hell” out of them! Ask any non believer, they will tell you that “Christians” are some of the most hypocritical and judgmental people out there. That is really a very sad fact. Jesus was always found amongst the sinners and the lost. They need the help. Not the saved. Anyway, thank you for this posting. I pray that it may reach a lot of people and open a door for the Holy Ghost into their lives…… even if just slightly! God bless!

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  6. I am not a christian but if you call Pulp Fiction a christian movie then i have some kosher pork chops i can sell you
    This movie is anything but christian with homosexuality murder sex blaspheming and other sins
    watching it is a SIN and will condemn you to hell

    • Being that you’re not a Christian, I don’t expect that you would understand our faith, but I would like to help you with a couple of things you’ve said. The idea that God would send a person to hell for watching an R rated movie is not Christianity. That’s not the true God at all. That is what is called “moralistic deism” which is a false religious view. God is not a cosmic cop waiting for us to slip up so he can toss us into the eternal slammer. Our faith is not in our ability to keep rules… in that regard every person fails every day. No one is fit on our own account to stand before God at judgment. By our own record alone we are all unfit for the kingdom of God and destined for hell. Christians’ faith is not in ourselves and our rule keeping, but in a person, Jesus Christ, who came to reconcile us to God by fulfilling God’s law, standing in our place to take the punishment our sin deserves, and rising from the dead to overcome death’s power over this world. Christ is the mediator between us and God and His life, death, and resurrection have reconciled our relationship with God so that we can be accepted as sons and daughters of the Father. Then, by our relationship with God and the healing of His Spirit, the desires of our hearts, and our actions are brought to reflect God’s will. I hope that helps bring some clarity about what the Bible teaches and helps you better understand our faith. If you’d like to know more I would enjoy talking with you about it.

      • Beautifully put!! Please teach me more about “Moral deism”. I am a young disciple and the idea of God being a “cosmic cop” is the idea I can not let people know is wrong. I have trouble telling people we are expected to sin, but in living with Christ we strive to move past it to be the best versions of ourselves and more like Jesus. I pray you see this!! Thank you for the insightful article.

        • Here is a decent brief introduction. I would add, for our purposes, that this “moralistic therapeutic deism” is not simply the view that doing good works merits God’s favor toward us, or places him our debt, but also is the view that morality can save a person from God’s judgment and condemnation. The Bible teaches that (1) all men are sinful, (2) no person can merit heaven by his own goodness, (3) Christ died to pay every believer’s sin debt, (4) Christ’s righteousness is imputed to each believer, and the believer merit’s right-standing before God because of Christ’s righteousness, (5) Christ sends the Holy Spirit to inhabit the hearts of believers and changes believers’ hearts and subsequent actions out of gratitude for what God has done, through the Father’s plan (Christ’s life, death, and resurrection), the Son’s execution of the plan, and the Spirit’s facilitation of the plan and continuing work in changing the hearts of sinful men and and developing Christlike character in believers. In Christianity, morality is an effect of knowing Christ and His saving work; morality is not what merits God’s favor or wrath.

    • Have you uh… Have you read the Bible? It’s also full of homosexuality, murder, sex, blaspheming, and really every other sin.
      One Christian discipline is to read our Bibles often, even daily.
      By the way. Sex is not a sin. Sex is designed by God to bring a man and a woman closer together. Sex outside the bounds of a Godly marriage is a sin.

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  8. Ok, first of all I want to give the original poster a pat on the back for all of his research and intergrity to post what he did. Now I’m a christian and yes, ive seen pulp fiction and thought it was a great movie. Let’s be honest here folks…the world is a messed up place. And christianity isn’t some magic pill that just makes things better. Just like Jules in the movie I have walked a very dark path in my life. But still found redemption. And for the record in my opinion God does not just speak through a bible. I don’t think we need a big book full of metaphors, stories, and verses to learn to not be a douchebag. Jesus himself said (Matthew 22:37-40). Also stop taking everything so seriously and literally. It is a movie and attacking someone on the the web because their opinions and views differ isnt very christian like. God teaches us through our life lessons. Through our life experinces, darkest times, sins, and acheivements…to be a better person.

  9. It has always been my interpretation that the mis-quote in the script for Jules was intentional, as that would emphasize his neophyte understanding of The Bible, Christ and Christianity. But…his revelation of what he felt was a miracle got him evaluating what he was saying & the power of the cobbled together scripture (mis-quotes and all) were still enough to set him upon his journey toward redemption. Pulp Fiction…and The Bible…both contain very descriptive accounts of the sins of Man. As with most anything…it is how it is used that matters. Peace

    • That was my original perception of the misquoted text, after all, the title is pulp “fiction”. I thoroughly enjoyed the analysis posted and I do think this analysis is a powerful tool rhat can be used to witness to an unsaved perdon who sees a connection with the character.

  10. I kinda a fan of this site and I was wondering when your next post will be kinda seems inactive. I may be wrong but I was just wondering.
    PS. Chad your a great guy and wise-God fearing man.

    • Hey brother; thank you for the words of encouragement. I praise God that He has made the site useful to you in some way. To answer your question, I actually have several articles written now that just need to be formatted and uploaded. I will try to have those up as soon as I can.

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  12. It is much too late to be said, but “Marky Mark’s” posting really bites the dust. He builds up a Straw Man and tries to tear it down. That said, I wonder if *any* film or subject of entertainment has prompted anyone here to question whether the character is made out to be too attractive to the viewer. Chad, I welcome your comments as to if there does — or could — exist such a film. (or play, or other media content.)

  13. Chad, just wanted to say “thank you” for providing your insight into both this movie and the quote in question. I watched the Sonny Chiba version – great research on your part. Keep up the great work!

  14. Pulp Fiction is an awesome movie. On my top ten list along with The Godfather (one and two, not three), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Snatch, and several others. And I consider myself a Christian…you know, forgiven not perfect. It’s called ENTERTAINMENT, folks. The problem with most “Christian movies” is they are so poorly made, they are unwatchable. It is a shame, because I would LOVE to see a quality movie with a Christian message. I wish some Christian directors would actually learn proper filmmaking! I must say, I did enjoy the “Saints and Soldiers” franchise…three well made World War II movies made by a relatively unknown Mormon filmmaker. Now some of you will tell me Mormons aren’t really Christians!

  15. Nice job. I stumbled across this for the same reason you mentioned why you created the post. i Googled the movie quote. I knew it wasn’t accurate but wanted to know the exact verse it drew its artistic inspiration from.

    I’m glad you wrote this piece. I’m Catholic and its important as Christians we engage in pop culture and discuss the Bible and God’s word. I’ve seen the movie 10 times but I never thought of it as a Christian testimony by Jules. Reading this it now obvious to me you nailed it. Well done and God bless.

  16. It’s really just shocking that Christians here love the movie and approve of seeing it a million times. Or a Google amount of times. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pro-PulpFiction, pro-SamuelJackson fans here would write to say that they consider it must-view material for eternity in Heaven. I’m not jesting, I’m serious. I would not be surprised if the pro-Tarantino, pro-PulpFiction people here would approve of it as must-see material for eternity in Paradise for anyone and everyone. Heck, why not post the same thing for NC-17 rated movies, too.

    Whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is praiseworthy, focus on such things. I suggest that the people here read Philippians 4:8. Not as simply words, but as the Word of God.

  17. It’s really just shocking that Christians here love the movie and approve of seeing it a million times. Or a Google amount of times. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pro-PulpFiction, pro-SamuelJackson fans here would write to say that they consider it must-view material for eternity in Heaven. I’m not jesting, I’m serious. I would not be surprised if the pro-Tarantino, pro-PulpFiction people here would approve of it as must-see material for eternity in Paradise for anyone and everyone. Heck, why not post the same thing for NC-17 rated movies, too…

    Whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is praiseworthy, focus on such things. I suggest that the people here read Philippians 4:8. Not as simply words, but as the Word of God.

  18. As I said in a previous post, Pulp Fiction is just a well made movie and it is entertainment. It also has an awesome soundtrack. Quentin Tarantino’s movies always have great music. I enjoy entertainment. I am an adult and I can choose to watch any movie I want. Pulp Fiction is obviously not appropriate for kids but it is certainly appropriate for adults…even Christian adults. I will never understand a so called Christian who chooses to bury his or her head in the sand and isolate themselves from the non-Christian world and only read Christian books or watch Christian movies or listen to only Christian music. What a boring existence! I guess this type of Christian doesn’t watch the news either because there is more violence and depravity depicted there than any movie…and it isn’t fiction! Get your head out of the sand, experience life, love God and worship Him everyday, and live as a Christian. I hear many Christians ask “what would Jesus do?”. Well, if he were on Earth today, he would see Pulp Fiction to see what all the fuss was about, probably dig the music, and realize it was JUST A MOVIE! He’d be a little more upset about what was going on with ISIS, millions of abortions, rampant crime, and a myriad of other real problems in this wonderful world we live in. Movies would be the least of it and remember, Jesus hung out with many sinners. I tend to think that the type of person that would walk out of a movie would also not welcome me at his church because I didn’t have the right clothing that met his standard or some such nonsense. I call them Show Christians…great at judging others but doing nothing that Jesus actually stood for. Show your Christianity by how you treat others…lead by example…love God…stop doing nonsense like boycotts, walking out of movies, banning books, etc. You give Christians a bad name. I’m so worked up from writing this, I think I’ll go find my DVD and watch Pulp Fiction again today! Right after my daily bible reading.

  19. Dose it really matter if he gets the end slightly different? They are thousands of translations of the Bible anyway, I’m not a Christian and I know the Bible has been translated from language to language.

  20. Why would you go see the movie from the previews? It showed drug use, violence, sex, alcohol use ect.. if thats not your cup of tea for movies you wasted time getting into your car and driving up there.
    The writer of the artical included this section at the end of the article ” **I would like to add that this post is not an endorsement of the graphic content or unrighteous themes of the movie, Pulp Fiction, nor is it an endorsement of the movie as a theological guide. Rather, this post is an attempt to shine the light of Biblical Truth amongst movie fans that might otherwise not hear the gospel and choose to remain in darkness, continuing to view this movie quote as nothing more than (as Jackson’s character would say), “a cold-blooded thing to say to a ***** before I pop a cap in his ***.” where in the article did the writer say it was a Christian movie. Obviously the writer is shedding light on bringing people to the word of the lord that just research this movie quote. Maybe you should just finish reading the article before jumping down on the person claiming they promoting that its a christian movie when they never did.

  21. Well done and yes, for those criticizing the author’s reference to an, admittedly, dark movie, he makes the valid point regarding Jackson’s character’s attempted change of heart in the end. Such a discussion can then perhaps be a tool which which we can discuss the actual Gospel with the lost souls that surround us every day and who, unfortunately, derive so much of their worldview from how “pulp-fiction”, “pop-culture” present it. We have a much better narrative to tell, not because it’s ours, but because it’s God, and that is, no one is beyond the saving grace of Christ, and we should all abide in the joy of our salvation with humility and constant reminding that we were once as lost in our sins as is the most reprobate criminal we sometimes Pharisaically compare ourelves to..”O’ Lord I thank you that I’m not like this publican….”. Sound familiar? Which brings to mind this parable: 36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

  22. How about I write a book,then I pass it on to someone, they take their understanding and rewrite mine and we do this for a cpl thousand years. I’m sure it will be the exact same TALE. God fearing people are week. I think. I do think this quote from the movie is awesome. So everybody still believes there were never any dinosaurs? Come on……open your eyes. You are shutting them and hoping a book will guide you. I’m all for a good conscious but love your own life. Don’t assume so much is true. I can’t help but laugh half the time I read this stuff. Sorry. Not trying to offend. Just my opinion. I’m too scientific for this stuff. Sounds like magic to me!!

  23. Thanks Chad. Was thinking of the verse about GOD is my shepherd as I sit here depressed as £÷£= and found this site surfing. The article is great. You seem to know your $**!. Anyways this article and all the bantering reminded me that GOD does love me and he is there for me. Thanks

  24. I just finished watching the movie and I had the same thought as you. I did not expect it to have such a good redemptive spiritual ending but it was great!

  25. chad, agree with you 100% hope this will get to more & more people, as many young people right now(another generation) are watching this scene & looking at it word for word. I think everyone(if you’ve seen it) should give your words a try, as they just might find out they are giving Jesus’s Word’s a try.

  26. chad, had no idea you were in lou, ky. for now when i dropped my post this morn. i lived there from age 3-30 tween 3rd & taylor blvd. bout 30 miles out since then. nice to note ya neighbor. keep on keepin on, peace***

  27. I’m not a christian but your analysis of Jules story is spot on he definitely feels as though he witnessed a miracle and that it was a calling to him.

    I had a lovely conversation with a man in Florida last year (im in the uk) who was keen to get me to , if not convert shall we say consider it. I flat out asked him if he truly felt Gods presence and I believed him when he said he did. I never have, maybe God is actually something inside you, maybe it’s not I don’t know buts Jules definitely did !

    It was a good read

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  29. Thank you for this articel. I was intrigued by the quotation and have been looking for years for it but could not find the quote in different Bible translations.
    It’s nice to see that the so called quote is a creative interpretion of different parts of The Bible and Ezekiël in particular, but that also the character’s evolution is a reference to the Ezekiël book. And that Tarantino lent the quote from a seventies Kug Fu movie was also new to me.
    As for the controversy in the comments section, I’d like to say that the quotation in the movie raised my interest in reading the Bible for myself and that this article helped with that.

  30. For fucks sake it’s a Film!!! Take it for what it is! Some of the comments on here seriously make me question peoples Mental state, especially people getting all “God Fearing” over a quote! Tarantino wrote the bloody script to be entertainment! And please do not say you are now going to analyze Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2!!!

  31. guys. for me as atheist, it has still much to say. how religion ruled us, for example. pushed us to do things we never wanted to. i guess it is part of what tarantino wanted to say….

  32. Good article. Good job. Jesus created parables from the things in everyday life and helped people understand the good news and the kingdom ofheaven taking inspiration from the things going on around him. That same spirit that was at work in him is seen at work in you (sure there a reference like that in the bible somewhere 😉 ) many people on this post would do well to reread the article then their own comments, and probably the article again, then take themselves off into a quiet corner just to reflect on things. Who knows, like Jules if your open to Good he might just speak to you (tho possibly not by saving you from a hail of bullets-but perhaps from what the bible calls sin) he spoke to me-and I used the 10 commandments like a bucket list. Than God for grace!

  33. Hi All,

    Well, even as an atheist I’d have to agree with the original poster regarding the point of Jules’s redemption. However, I believe he also left out the importance of Vincent (John Travolta’s character) as well as Marvin (the guy who gets shot in the following scene). I believe that the whole point of their discourse in the movie is ultimately to have a bit of a theological/philosophical debate of sorts. To wit:

    Vincent is a heroin addict. He is also a bit of a nihilist. While he never comes out and states that he is an atheist, he openly mocks Jules’s revelation in the diner sequence at the end of the film. In addition, he vehemently argues with Jules as to whether “God came down and stopped the bullets”. So for simplicity’s sake I’m simply going to refer to Vincent as an atheist since belief in a theistic god would entail one that is present and capable of such a “miracle”.

    Marvin is an agnostic. Despite being present and witnessing the “miracle” of Vincent and Jules being spared by the bullets, when asked point blank by Vincent what he believes in Marvin retorts that he has “no opinion”. He is then immediately (and accidentally) shot in the face. Vincent yells that the gun “just went off”. Now in a universe where a theistic god is indeed tinkering with human affairs, it is entirely possible that such a god would take the life of an agnostic who not only doesn’t commit, but is also close-minded to even discuss the possibility that there is a divine presence out there.

    Fast forward to the diner scene and we see Vincent still freaking out over the entire affair. For Jules, it is simple. He felt God’s presence. He is a changed man. Vincent wants to argue the finer points of Jules’s “revelation” by questioning the legitimacy of the “miracle”. Jules further states that he “experienced what alcoholics might refer to as ‘a moment of clarity’.” Now this is interesting to me precisely because of Vincent’s drug use. I believe that Vincent’s use of heroin/drugs effectively numbs him from the divine presence that Jules experiences. However, unlike Marvin who did not want to even engage, Vincent wants to understand (or at least question). This would be a sort of spiritual justification for him not getting shot in the face like Marvin. He still has a chance as long as he wants to understand.

    Vince meets his untimely demise at the hands of Butch – getting shot by his own machine gun. Here is where I believe Vincent’s nihilism and drug addiction conspire (perhaps with the same theistic god that got Marvin shot) to bring an end to his life. You see, opiates cause constipation. Vincent has already procured a particularly potent amount of smack from his dealer earlier in the film, so we know he’s going to be backed up as a result. There are two important scenes wherein Vincent attempts to move his bowels: the diner and Butch’s apartment. My point is simply that if Vincent didn’t have the opiate addiction, it’s plausible he wouldn’t have been encumbered at Butch’s apartment. His end is rather apropos dying by his own weapon. I personally believe that Vincent’s commitment to nihilism (and consequently drugs) is ultimately what kills him.

    Jules, his counterpart, is spared all of this because he ends up renouncing “the life” of being “the tyranny of evil men”. For him, defending or explaining the finer points of his experience wherein “God got involved” is pointless. What matters is that his reality has changed and as a result he wants to help his fellow man instead of oppressing/killing him. For Jules his redemption is found via God. For Marvin and Vincent – their ends are the result of their heinous actions and spiritual bankruptcy that they both dedicate themselves to.

    Anyway, those’re my thoughts on the whole affair. This thread is really interesting. Although I may not share your beliefs, I hope we can all have a civil discussion about the content of this film as it relates to faith, religion, and theology.

    • Phenomenal contribution, John. These a very interesting insights and theories. Thanks for taking the time to add to the discussion!

    • @ John:
      I just ran across this post out of sheer boredom after watching Pulp Fiction. I have to say, your comments are very well tought-out, and you expressed them clearly. It’s refreshing to read a post from someone who actually takes the time required to present insightful commentary and then back it up with logical illustrations. As an engineer and a practitioner of the hard sciences, I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell, and I’ve never experienced “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” While I respect the beliefs of the faithful, I don’t believe in divine intervention, the power of prayer or the notion that a supreme being is watching over any of us. I’m not certain whether that makes me an Athiest or simply agnostic, but I treat people the way I’d like to be treated. I help those whose problems are larger or more severe than my own, and I respect the beliefs, rights and property of others. There are lots of us out here who are decent human beings, even though we don’t call ourselves Christians. Anyway, just my two cents on an old thread that no one reads anymore. Great post, though, John; I really enjoyed reading it. Next time I watch Pulp Fiction, I’ll be thinking about some of the things you’ve pointed out here.

  34. Wow.
    This thread is fantastic.
    Thank you Chad and everybody contributing.

    I saw Pulp Fiction many many times before I was saved and considered it the best movie ever made.
    Being saved about 5 years ago didn’t change my opinion about that, but it did make me have a closer look at Jules’ story and his use of Ezekiel 25:17.
    This thread has given me insights and teachings I never came across before.
    It also inspires me to do more bible study and more research, not only in regards to Ezekiel 25:17 but in regards to all verses and more mentioned in many comments above.

    Thanks again Chad and all participants for your inspiration.
    May God bless you all. Peace.

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  36. Thankyou,
    In one word thankyou.
    As supose to to separate things,
    Never looked at the movie this way,
    But your absoluteley right on this one and so was quintin.
    And to all you haters your missing the point beeing made you still see wat you want to see,also called beeing blind.
    Greetings from Holland!
    One love!

    • Tell me again how Tarantino was right please… GOD says let no man add to, or take away from what is written in the Holy Scriptures. “Quentin” took several passages and strew them together and called it Ezekiel 25: 17, which is about a fifth of what Jackson actually quoted. I don’t care what kind of point was trying to be made! The movie was about 2 thug hit men and you’re sitting there with a straight face glorifying the “point” #STAYINHOLLAND!

  37. I watched pulp fiction years ago in my teens and didnt really understand or like it but now being more educated and having more life experience watching again makes me love it. There is a meaning behind it and it is a good movie. Quentin Tarantino makes some good movies. Remember they are just movies for entertainment. Im a faithul christian and im not here to talk about the bible. Please just remember movies are made for entertainment not to to be real life.

  38. Tarantino is an atheist from what I hear, don’t know him, but I love that Jules found salvation & pray for all unsaved souls. Ty I accepted 8-2-15. Peace & love brothers and sisters

  39. Btw watched movie like 15 times before my salvation & never got it until afterwards. Long story but this movie got entwined in all messages I was given & helped in understanding and fighting spirits that tried to keep me from sharing & knowing God better… He is so awesome ty Lord

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  41. What do you think of this? OK so I have a question for you guys, especially the blog author. Remember the 2009 film, called “ANTICHRIST”? I hope you didn’t see it, because it’s been described as the most evil, horrific, disgusting, vile, sinister movie in film history. So imagine this. So let’s say we have a director and producer, right? And they get together and say, “We’re going to make this movie the most slasher-comedy-gruesome-psycho-hilarious-s*xual-thriller ever! All through the whole frikkin’ movie, the guy laughs as he has s*x with multiple victims, then slashes them all the way through, making sick, disgusting jokes and you listen to all of his jokes: a million trillion times more disgusting than the original “Scream” movie — and at the same time, he’s made out to be the most attractive figure in film history. Remember: Williamson told everybody that it was basically the most “wicked” film in history. Now, here’s the thing: suppose that the movie incidentally talks about his own redemption, but makes the slashing and killing and s*xual content the most attractive it can possibly be. In other words, we have a redemption at the end, but all of it in-between is so disgusting it can’t be put into words.

    “Oh,” you say, “Well, we wouldn’t go that far. Pulp Fiction is mild, as mild as it gets. It’s a Christian movie and it’s based on redemption and it’s very mild and very tame and healthy for people.” Oh, I see: so you’re saying that a gruesome comic flick, where the main slasher demon, who is made out to be very attractive throughout the movie, s*xually assaults victims throughout the entire flick, and makes jokes about all of them, and we see everything in its bloody detail, but everything’s done as if it were a funny sit-com with the most vile, horrific, disgusting things ever put onscreen, is OK as long as the producer for some reason wants to put redemption in it, and the offenders (the evil, obscene ones) are made out to be attractive? Really?

    Remember the 2009 film, “ANTICHRIST”? Remember that it had Willem Dafoe in it, and it has been described as the most vile and wicked and obscene movie in film history. Would you show it to your friends, as long as it had a “redemption” scene at the end? Really?

    Also, have you read the play, “Othello”? Yes? Well, then, you know what I mean by making evil seem incredibly attractive.

  42. “Pulp Fiction” and the film “ANTICHRIST” with Willem Dafoe are in the same category. You love the evil. You say, “Oh, well Pulp Fiction is a story of redemption, so it’s perfectly OK to admire the evil in the movie, and laugh along with it, as long as the end turns out good for one of the evil ones.”

    Read Matthew Chapter 10, verse 16: We aren’t only to be harmless as doves, we’re to be “SHREWD AS SNAKES”. Are you willing to sit through two hours of attractively-presented EVIL so that it entices you and entraps you, only because you say that all the attractiveness of evil is OK and it’s OK to see it, to hear it, to touch it, to kill it, as long as you think there’s a redemption point at the end? You laugh at the murders, you laugh at the bloody, gruesome s*xual assaults? John Travolta dances with the girl, and you love it. He says, “I’ll have a steak bloody as ****”, and you laugh with it. And you say, “I’m justified when I laugh with it, because I know it turns out good in the end.”

    • Mr. Decibel,

      You have been aggressively (and as it comes across, quite angrily) pursuing (attacking?) this same post for almost two years now, from what appears to be stemming originally from a misinterpretation on your part in regard to the purpose of the article. Specifically, you ask, quite accusatively, whether the author was advocating the movie to people to watch, as well as whether the author somehow deemed it as Christian. I’m not certain if the author edited his article later and you simply missed the answer to your question, but I’ll just assume he did, because ultimately it doesn’t really matter. The author responded to you quite clearly the following day. You have never responded to this in your two years of posting. That’s fairly rude. In fact, you keep posting as if you still have no clear perception of the article’s purpose. Do you understand that the article supports Christian apologetics by ensuring people do not continue to be confused by misquotations and misinterpretations presented in the movie? Can you describe where in the original article where the author condones, supports, or provides encouragement to watch the film and/or labels the film as Christian? I see where the author found some themes that could apply on an overarching level. When non-believers understand the movie, then associate who certain themes connect to the bible, certain things may click for them where they may be open and receptive to hearing and understanding more. In contrast, how likely is it that the pseudonomical rebukes, which sound quite condescending and angry, turn non-believers from sin? You appear in your latest posts to attempt public humiliation to these other anonymous posters, and are targeting Christians the most? Has that, in your experience with apologetics, brought a single non-believer to Christ? If so, please share, as it would be refreshing to actually hear an example of how you were able to get this method to support conversion to the faith.

      Even more interesting is that now, at the cusp of your two year anniversary on this thread, you are even going so far as to create a brand new hypothetical reimagining of the entire blog simply to give yourself a larger platform to continue to espouse your rebuttal to the new topic. In this way, you’ve simply abandoned the immediate discussion at hand, which is to correct misquotations of scripture primarily and secondarily to find themes to allow non-believers to find association with a movie to become curious to explore more about Christianity, and created your own scenario AND your counterpoint to the same reimagined topic. That’s something to behold, for sure.

      It’s also fascinating that John, an atheist, posts more professionally, responsibly, and rationally than you, and John is posting on a Christian blog site that opposes the core values of his very belief system on an article who’s purpose is to defend scripture to ensure viewers of the movie do not base their views of the Bible on a misquoted passage.

  43. Moderator, Please Delete all of my posts on this website. If you want to ask me the reasons why, you can email me (you should have my email address verified each time I have posted. I’m sorry if I attacked anyone here, and I’m sorry if I said untrue things about anyone here. I just found the movie to contain the most repulsive, most vile, most evil things. Again, sorry if I attacked or mislabeled anyone, and Please Delete all of my posts. My email has remained the same.

    • I hope that NO ONE…..EVER….deletes any of your posts, so that you are for ever seen in the bright light that illuminates and intensifies your true color. A light that you so fervently worked to brighten for two years so the entire world to see you in detail!

      • To “Sam Spade”: I’m sorry you choose to yell, and I’m sorry you choose to hate. “Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone at her.” Christ, in John 8:7

      • I just need to say that that message of “Sam Spade” is the most hateful, revenge-filled message I’ve ever read anywhere in all of my life. I’m sorry that his hateful words against me haven’t been removed by the moderator.

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  46. I have added a downloadable PDF, which is a more thorough technical paper elaborating on the contents of the original Pulp Fiction post. I chose to include this PDF as a separate document rather than editing the original post, but if you have enjoyed the discussion about the spiritual implications of Pulp Fiction I do hope you will find the paper additionally helpful. A very sincere thank you to all of you who have commented as I’ve enjoyed hearing your brief testimonies and input on this topic. This conversation has been incredibly encouraging to me in my walk with Christ these past couple of years. God Bless!

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  49. I received my heart of flesh and new spirit in the hospital. I was reborn in the fall of 2003. When I hear the passage spoken in the movie, it somehow feels like an adding and taking away thing, with respect to Ezekiel 25:17 and the end of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine. I do not believe in misquoting the Holy Bible. The penalties are severe. I know about the reprinting of the King James 1611 version of the Holy Bible and how “they” – the writers and translators took out God’s name Exodus 6:3 in newer versions.

    Holy Bible which is indeed Holy should not be tampered with. An easy rule of thumb is this, “if you do not see God’s name in Exodus 6:3, then it is not a ‘right’ Holy Bible and has been tampered with to misguide the reader and lead the reader away from the Truth.” Find a real one because they took out His name and more of “God’s Word” as well. I know this because I have read the English Contemporary Version and the Old King James 1611 version. As I read the King James 1611 version, many mistakes are coming to light regarding these “Newer Bibles” – re-arranged names, God’s name removed, etc.

    Be wary, my brothers and sisters. Take care to read the Truth, and not be led astray by even one word. Also, www means 666 in Hebrew.

    Your Brother in the Faith, Brandon

  50. Hello,
    I just ran across this entry and the subsequent discussion and found it very interesting. Although, I did want to mention one item regarding this:
    “Admittedly, Quentin Tarantino, the writer and director of Pulp Fiction, dreamed up this quotation as a re-imagining of several Biblical themes, and reworked them as a monologue that he believed best expressed the drama intended for the movie scene.”

    If only Mr. Tarentino were so creative! He actually lifted the fictional passage from another movie, The Bodyguard (the one starring Sonny Chiba, not the Kevin Costner film of the same name).

  51. This article has done for me exactly what you intended, thank you. I’m going to read the bible for the first time.

    • Praise God; in the case that even one person would find Christ I’d consider it a success. I pray for your eternal joy that it is you! (Luke 15) “Jesus told them this parable: 4 ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

  52. Hi,

    I stumbled onto this page like several people have, looking up the Sam Jackson quote in Google. It is definitely a great discussion and even as a lapsed Catholic, I enjoy the theological synopsis of the film on this page. Along those lines, I think there is another nod to the spiritual nature of the plot in the film. One of the biggest mysteries of the film is “What is inside the briefcase?” One theory that I like is that it is Marcellus Wallace’s soul. When the briefcase is opened in the diner the contents glows with a shimmering gold hue and Ringo is transfixed on its beauty. In another scene of the movie, the camera pauses for awhile on the back of Marcellus’ head. There you see a bandage on the bottom of his head. Is this where his soul has been somehow extracted? This theory plays into the “Shepard” role for Jules. He is the retriever of lost souls.

  53. Thank you, Chad, for your service to the Lord. I knew the quote was completely off but I wasn’t sure how bad. A simple search landed me on your page. You did all the work for me and I thank you for that also. From your replies to comments I see you take critics and nonbelievers in stride quite well and without sinking to their level of antagonism. Keep doing what you do and don’t be discouraged.

  54. Cool! I am Spiritual, but not religious. Raised Roman Catholic but am Agnostic. Believe historically that; Christ was real, while organized religion is a falsehood. Have as much faith in God as I do Santa Claus(they are very similar btw!(cant wait for the rhetoric for that one(its not new))).
    However, I understand the general basis and themes in most theologies(Thanks mainly to Joseph Campbell), and if for nothing else; I love a good debate! and nothing in our modern era seems to spur(no not spurn(tho i guess it could go either way))mans morality more than pop culture. Evident in this thread, and what seems to be the authors own admittance of “runaway most-read post”. So I only have one question…

    However, before I ask it, know that Mr Hussey, like all fallible men, is wrong! Although, all his representations, assumptions, and conclusions of Pulp Fiction and more importantly; the character of Jules Winnfields’ salvation are more or less correct, he doesn’t identify nor even bother to ask one of the most important questions the movie proposes; and that is the ‘What’? First I thought it was the ‘Why’, but realized its the ‘What’? And that is not my question, that will come soon enough, but What? What does Jules realize about his Testament, those few mangled passages of scripture that allows him to be turned/saved? Well its obvious right, its the Hand of God, God’s Enlightenment, his “Jesus Moment”, right?! Ummm… No! Well than its his understanding that he is; ‘The Tyranny of Evil Men” and this opens himself up to enlightenment. That’s gotta be it! Right? Mmmm kind of. Close! buut..No! His understanding, that “Ringo” is the Weak and he(Jules) is ‘The Tyranny of Evil Men’ but that hes trying REAL hard to be the shepherd, is the Why! That’s Why he turns, cause he understands his place, which for the most part Mr. Hussey identifies and gives reason for Jules salvation.

    This leads me tho to my question! The reason why I am Spiritual and not religious, why I believe in a natural order, and not a higher power. The reason why if there is any truth, it is of, a very famous and borrowed phrase from long before the birth of Christ, which reads on the pronaos(forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi; “Know Thyself”! This in essence is the ‘What’, and what Jules comes to understand in the scriptures which then gives him the ‘Why’ or the reason to accept Jesuss’ Enlightenment and God’s salvation. However, the true genius of Scripture/The Bible and in turn Tarantino’s adaptation in the movie, is that the ‘What’, like bread crumbs, is suggested throughout the Bible and the movie, but it is never clearly defined. We are left to figure it out for ourselves! So we know we have to, “Know thyself”, so what are we? Jules figures out the answer with knowing, or accepting he is “The Tyranny of Evil Men”, but unlike Jules, this is where My Husseys fails in his overall synopsis, because EVERYONE fails to ask that question for his or herself!

    So I ask it of you now… If I am the Shepherd, and you are the Tyranny of Evil Men, then What are you?

    What, is the ‘Tyranny’ of evil men? If you can answer that question, you can “Know Thyself”, and open yourself up to Enlightenment, and then salvation! 🙂

    If you go back and watch the movie, if i remember correctly, I think there are only two people who actually look inside the Case! Tim Roth’s character Ringo, and John Travolta’s character Vincent.The meaning of the Case has also been debated for sometime, but personally I think its up to each individual person who looks inside. It could be God or the Devil themselves, or it could just be a form of enlightenment again for each individual person depending on their own understanding. That’s why(*spoiler* if you haven’t seen the movie)… Vincent dies, and Ringo lives. Jules opens the case to show Ringo but doesn’t have to look inside himself, because he already knows! 😉

    ****?****
    If for some reason you still don’t understand the question amongst all my postulating, its as simple as this. Jules by realizing, that within all the scriptures he recites rightly or wrongly, he is, “The Tyranny of Evil Men”. However, with that he only realizes or understands his place in the world. But by asking WHAT IS the Tyranny of Man or Himself, is he truly able to open himself up to enlightenment. What he achieves/understands about that Title of Tyranny that most people haven’t is, What is The Tyranny in and of itself? Or in other words what is the Bane or plague hence tyranny of Man or human existence?

    Can you guess? Do you know? I do!
    And trust me its not in scripture, its not in movies, or books, or song. Its hinted at in the Bible, and the tenants of most religions, but I don’t think its ever come right out and said or clearly defined. Its Humanities greatest Frailty, and the source of most of our greatest tragedies, and most people don’t even have a clue what it is! And no its not lack of Faith, and no its not Fear, but good try! However, Fear IS a precursor to it. Usually! So is one of the deadly sins, sometimes.

    Venture a guess?… 🙂

    • Pride (self assurance, self reliance, and self seeking). It’s every man’s downfall all the way back to the very first. Which is why our only hope is to trust not in ourselves, but depend wholly on the one advocate man has, Jesus Christ.

  55. NOPE! Pride as we all know 😉 holds its triumphant place as ‘The Deadliest’ of all the 7 sins. However, it’s not even the one that I was referencing as a possible precursor to this “malignancy” of humanity. Also, remember I said I don’t think it can be found in The Bible! 🙂

    • Well, prefacing that I believe the Bible possesses all necessary answers pertaining to the character of God, salvation, the purpose and condition of humanity, the path to fullness of life and godly living, and the like, I’m willing to entertain guesses about what you think the ‘precursor to this malignancy of humanity’ is. How about fortune? Or fate?

      • Huh. I’m glad you prefaced your last reply, in the manner you did, because although you were referring to the bible, everything you testified to, is exactly why I don’t believe in organized religion! I think Christ, the Bible and the possibility of a “God” or “Gods”, are historical facts. They all exist(ed), but the practice to adhering to a system of thinking that says there is one absolute truth and you have to adhere to it or your wrong/dammed, I think personally; is a very narrow view of life, and in totality a bunch of malarkey! The fact your graceful enough to entertain discussion, means; there’s still hope for you yet! 😉 ha ha 😀

        Anyways…. Hhhhmmm I’m in a bit of a dilemma, because If i share this bit of insight with you and/or anyone else, then its self defeating in its own providence, for the human races own enlightenment. I’m not arrogant enough to presume I am the only one with this insight, because that’s how this whole discussion started, since i assume the writers and director of Pulp Fiction and many other works of art and literature have fleshed out similar ideas. However, if I tell you, I am cheating you and/or your soul along with anyone else reading this, out of achieving self awareness for yourselves.

        The argument against that, is if I tell you, you might not accept the answer but it will set you on a path of enlightenment, and religious or not, isn’t that worth everything? So…

        The ‘7 Deadly sins’! Some have argued that there should be 8. Those who point to Despond(ency) note that there was 8! For myself, a self proclaimed agnostic, The 7 Deadly Sins are just a human achievement of self awareness, and a guide to living a righteous fulfilling life, and can and maybe should always be expanded upon. I think Despondency wasn’t added(I know because God didn’t command it *rollseyes*) because it’s actually just the result of some of the other ‘Deadly Sins’. Personally, I think the ultimate ‘Frailty of Humanity’ is a no-brainer for Sinhood. 🙂 Despite, as we all know, George Carlin believes there should only be 2! lol

        So what is it?!! What is this “Frailty of Humanity”, this No-Brainer, that’s been ignored for centuries, despite being suggested tho rarely mentioned of in the Bible?…

        COMPLACENT(COMPLACENCY)

        This single attribute has been responsible for more human suffering and tragedy, while spurring more Human Achievement than any if not all the other ‘Deadly Sins’ combined! Notice, i said attribute, because although it could be associated with Pride and Sloth, I think the qualification for Sinhood, is that its not a final state or result/product of the other Deadly Sins as Despond is. If a true Venn Diagram was created of the ‘7 Deadly Sins’ including Complacent as an 8th, it would be in the center of all the intersecting circles.
        Despite; Pride, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed, the inability to act to correct, or just being satisfied with any of, the 7 deadly sins in our life, is THEE biggest “Frailty of Humanity”! In contrast, to be non-complacent, and act to live sin free is what spurs some of the greatest human achievements in history!

        Prove it? Okay; Just contemplating and rationalizing this idea/notion, is an act of being non-complacent, and whether you agree with it or not, you will become enlightened. Now whether you will reach full enlightenment is up to you. However, now that you know what your greatest weakness is, your path is set to become your greatest self. Whether you are complacent or non-complacent in achieving it, is totally up to you, and not fortune or fate. Just don’t rely on Pride, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed along the way! ;))

        P.S. As I suggested it being like bread crumbs, hinted at throughout the Bible and other works like Pulp Fiction; It points to why Jules says; “But I’m tryin’ Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.”! 😉 🙂

      • Here’s your character of god: So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.” Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

        The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel. So the Israelite leaders asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead? There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever. But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”

        Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards. When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife! And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding. Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we dest60royed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.’” So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance. Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.

        • Also, fortune or fate was articulated between the Calvinist and the Lutherans. Maybe you should do your own homework and I’ll leave you and Google to the previous biblical passage. Some of the vernacular from original texts might not be acceptable on your page; albeit, according to you the bible holds all of the answers. How would you explain rape, murder and slavery as an answer?

  56. You’ve completely missed the point
    Tarantino is an artist…an artist that apparently likes sonny chiba and old school westerns and kung fu movies…but you are obsessed with the bible and dont get it
    according to wikipedia.. a source of artistic inspiration (because movies dont need to quote real things)Karate Kiba or Bodyguard Kiba (ボディガード牙?) is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1973 and based on an action manga by Ikki Kajiwara.(just a GUESS..but i think a young /or old quentin may have seen it…dont you?
    .

    The American version of the film opens with a quotation:

    The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquity of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper, and the father of lost children. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious anger, who poison and destroy my brothers; and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I shall lay my vengeance upon them!
    — Ezekiel 25:17

    An altered version of the same passage (mainly substituting “I am Chiba the Bodyguard” with “my name is the Lord”), complete with erroneous attribution to Ezekiel by the character of Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) appears in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

    its religiously based..but ultimately is kung fu movie rooted…dont get your holy panties in a twist

    how about you address some real religious quandaries..eg higgs boson transitionary fields, multiverses, and super synchroinicity: why the weight of the higgs boson (126GPev ) vs that of the top quark could rip our very bodies into hydrogen atoms?…now THERE’S a story that your bible writers forgot to ask god
    at least have a go at evolution…its not that hard..even Cardinal Pell acknowledges it…

    Cant wait for THAT movie

    God Bless!

    • You’re welcome to your opinion, but I wouldn’t say I’ve completely missed the point. It may surprise you to know that I have previously considered every issue you mention in your comment. Both those related to Pulp Fiction and physics. In terms of those issues relating to Pulp Fiction, all that you say has been addressed either in the comments or in the attached PDF.

      From the PDF:
      “Admittedly, Quentin Tarantino selected this re-imagining of several scattered biblical themes believing that the monologue best expressed the drama intended for the movie scene. Tarantino is well known for tipping his cap to Hollywood classics throughout his films, and Jules’ speech is thought by some to be an ode to Harry Powell, the murderous reverend from The Night of the Hunter. Tarantino, however, himself acknowledges the monologue is lifted directly from Sonny Chiba (who was on set for the filming of Pulp Fiction) in the seventies kung-fu flick The Bodyguard.”

      In the final diner scene, Jules also references Caine from Kung Fu (a show that is well known to have spiritual underpinnings), and crosses this reference with the Cain from the Bible who killed Abel. So the recognition of the interplay between Kung Fu and Bible references doesn’t exactly miss the point. I think it is hitting right around it, if not right on it.

      Further (also from the PDF), “Tarantino has often said that he refuses to answer questions regarding symbolism and nuances in his movies because he ‘really believe[s] in what the audience brings’ to the films. Tarantino said,’“I made Pulp Fiction to be entertaining. I always hope that if one million people see my movie, they saw a million different movies.’ The Pulp Fiction phenomenon clearly fulfills Tarantino’s hopes by transcending his personal contribution; but perhaps the film’s significance transcends the culture’s response as well. In Pulp Fiction, the beauty in the midst of the grunge is truly in what God brings. As with other Tarantino films, the director ‘ends his movies with a knowing wink,’ not ‘too neatly or a little too tidily,’ but in Pulp Fiction it is clear that Tarantino leaves the audience’with the spiritual lift of a life changed, a world better, and an evil conquered, even if that evil is only inside Jules’ heart.'”

      As you can see by Tarantino’s own words, I’m entitled (by his permission) to bring interpretation to bear on the meaning of the story in any way I choose. This is the beauty of writing commentary on a movie written by a self-proclaimed post-modern film creator. (Tarantino demonstrates that not all post modernism is necessarily bad for Christian faith, and I’m certainly entitled to use it against itself).

      As for the other issues, I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know. I am sure you are fully aware that it is a matter of great debate amongst men far smarter than myself whether the Higgs Boson (aka “God Particle) does more to disprove God’s existence than to actually prove it. The multiverse theory enjoys zero empirical support (and being that those who propose it claim that you could never see another universe from inside our own universe, it never could enjoy any proof) and is nothing more than an ad-hoc theoretical response to the incredible (I mean the math is unfathomable) improbability that random chance has brought about the one planet in which the right conditions for life, and for evolution to produce humans as we see them today. And an honest student of science will acknowledge that evolution as a theory, in itself, faces many threatening concerns that have yet to be addressed. The scientific journals acknowledge these issues frequently. But I’m not concerned to defend Christian faith against science here as, though I am not personally convinced of evolution, I don’t even see being an evolutionist as keeping someone from being a faithful Christian. It is not evolution, but the presupposition of naturalism, which contradicts the biblical worldview. As for the Bible and the questions it answers, it is God’s spiritual revelation written for people in all times (not specifically to answer the postulating of modern scientists or quasi-intellectuals) and is concerned with all things necessary for knowing God, attaining salvation, and pursuing Godly living. As for science, I quite appreciate it, find it fascinating, and truly enjoy following the discipline’s theorizing and empirical findings. Thanks for visiting the blog and for your response. Whether you agree with my responses or not, I hope this is in some way helpful in addressing your concerns.

  57. Notice u havent responded to my Complacency revelation? Impressed? In total disavowment? Lol or just trying to reason it still, in careful contemplative thought? 🙂 😀

  58. Chad, I’m not a Christian or even close to it but I will say this, keep doing what you’re doing. People are going to have their own opinion, criticize, and judge. Those are the ones that really need to take a look at their own lives. Oh by the way, I’ve got that tatted on my back, so for those of you who want to judge, go ahead, I don’t care but you better have one hell of an answer when God asks “Why you were judging others.”

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