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Through scholarship and archeology examines life of Jesus
30 July 2007 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The version of this I watched was narrated by Tom Hodgkins.

I agree that the commentators are Christians. That aside, the discussions they have on the social situation of Mary, Jesus' mother, the archaeological evidence for what the Roman and Jewish world in Judea was like at the time with virtual reconstructions and many other situations was very enlightening.

For example, they point out that the High Priests were appointed by the Roman government and were filthy rich. This shows that they certainly would be very threatened by the ideas of someone proclaiming he was the messiah with a popular following.

The whole movie is filled with facts as well as ideas on interpreting the meaning of events portrayed in the Bible and by other writers.

By the way, one of the theologians, N.T. Wright, is very well known and respected. I was very surprised by his interpretation of the betrayal by Judas. It might not have been the kind of betrayal we have been taught to believe, but Judas may have handed Jesus over with Jesus' tacit approval. The sad part is Judas' hanging himself if it was all prearranged.

No one has to believe all that the scholars say, but this is one of the most interesting movies I have seen discussing the life and historical and social situation of Jesus.

These commentators have nothing to do with the Jesus Seminar as far as I can tell. Any odd comments quoted by reviewers were taken out of context.


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