Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

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 Jesus Christ (2 episodes, 1977)
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 The Centurion (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Andrew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John the Evangelist (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John the Baptist (2 episodes, 1977)
Jonathan Muller ...
 James I (2 episodes, 1977)
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 The Adulteress / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herodias (2 episodes, 1977)
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 James II (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Joseph of Arimathea (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Nicodemus (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Caiaphas (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Pontius Pilate (2 episodes, 1977)
John Eastham ...
 Bartholomew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Zerah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Matthew (2 episodes, 1977)
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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

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Jesus Christ says "Talitha Cumi" when he brings the girl back to life from her death. Talitha Cumi is Aramaic which means "Little girl, rise." Aramaic was the language of first century Israel. Aramaic continued to be the language of Hebrews in early second century AD until Simon Bar Kokhba tried to revive Hebrew and tried to make Hebrew the official language of Hebrews during Bar Kokhba revolt (132-135 AD). According to Book "Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World" written by Kimberly B. Stratton (p. 232), Dead Sea Scrolls Archaeologist Yigael Yadin suggests that Bar Kokhba was trying to revive Hebrew by decree as part of his messianic ideology. See more »

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The movie scripting refers to Pontius Pilate as a "procurator", a specific post that differs from the one that the Gospels imply that he held - prefect or governor. Historically, Pontius Pilate's title was thought to have been procurator but an inscription on a limestone block - apparently a dedication to Tiberius Caesar Augustus - that was discovered in 1961 in the ruins of an amphitheater called Caesarea Maritima refers to Pilate as "prefect of Judeaea". Archaeologists believe it to be genuine. In this instance, the Gospel account is supported by archaeology, since the surviving inscription discovered at Caeserae states that Pilate was prefect and the movie should have followed also as it is based on Gospel accounts. See more »

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Simon Peter: [Peter is drunk] Andrew. Andrew, I'm not like you. I'm not a follower of priests and prophets; I'm a fisherman. I've got my family to think of. You followed the Baptist, now follow this one...
Philip: [grabbing Peter's Arm] Peter!
Simon Peter: [wresting free] Just leave me alone! Why did you bring Him here to me?
[grabbing his net]
Simon Peter: *This* is my life! My nets... my boat.
[shouting]
Simon Peter: Go on! Follow Him! But leave me!
Andrew: Come on, you can't talk to him when he's like this.
[motioning the others to leave]
Andrew: Come on, Philip.
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Reverent portrayal of the life of Christ
6 March 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to transfer the life of Christ to the screen, and one that succeeds is Franco Zefirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. The story is a straighforward retelling of the synoptic gospels(Matthew, Mark, and Luke), starting with the divine revelations to Mary and Joseph of their roles as Jesus's earthly parents on the the Resurrection. The score is beautific and reverent, and the big name actors who populate the film are well-cast(no Shelley Winters or John Wayne, thankfully). Also, British actor Robert Powell gives Jesus the proper reverence and poise. Zefirelli was correct to cast him; with his angular features, wavy brown hair and light eyes, this Jesus looks like every church icon and Sunday School picture I've ever seen, something Zefirelli was aware of and used to great effect. While he passes on accuracy for effect with Jesus, the apostles, it must be noted, all resemble the Hebrew peasants, publicans, and sinners they most certainly were. The length is tolerable, primarily because Zefirelli doesn't waste film on needless, arty panoramas or slow-moving dialogue. Zefirelli does keep the action moving, but one annoying technique he employs is the now dated-looking zoom close-up, but this happens infrequently. Highly recommended.


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