- HBOs I know that so much is true (based on the Wally Lamb novel) was broadcast on Sunday evening.
- The series follows the processes of the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas.
- In one scene Thomas recites a familiar Bible verse before he mutilates.
Derek Cianfrances I know that so much is true begins in the same gruesome way as Wally Lamb's novel: Dominick Birdsey tells the audience / readers of his twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic who one day becomes a public figure The library sits and recites a Bible verse, takes out a knife and cuts off his hand.
In the novel, Thomas performs this act as a victim to appease God for the Persian Gulf War (until then, in October 1
In the HBO series, Thomas simply recites a few Bible verses before he mutilates, beginning with the Lord's Prayer ("Our Father") and then from the book of Matthew.
The chapter from Matthew is one of the most frequently cited New Testaments and contains part of the "Sermon on the Mount", a collection of ethical teachings that Christ brought to his followers.
The quote is "Mathew 5: 29-30". In the King James translation it says:
" And if your right eye offends you, tear it out and throw it away from you, because it is profitable for you that one of your members dies and not that your whole body should be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand insults you, cut it off and throw it away from you, because it is useful for you that one of your limbs should perish and not your whole body should hell to be thrown. "
The verse was fairly common in film and television. The Walking Dead Herschel recites this verse in Season 3 only for thematic purposes.
In I know that so much is true the recitation involves a more literal act .
The fact that the mutilated character is called Thomas also has a certain biblical meaning. Thomas the Apostle, who had doubts about the resurrection, asked Christ to show him his hands, whereby he could prove that this figure before him was the same, whose hands had been nailed to the cross. In the series, it is Dominick who believes in Thomas and refuses to allow doctors to put his hand back on.
Throughout the series, look for other references to Thomas as a tortured, Christ-like figure.