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Olivia Hussey As Mary Highlighted The First Part

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Author: Desertman84 from United States
26 July 2014

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The first part of Jesus Of Nazareth highlights many important events in Jesus' life like the annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary;his birth at the manger,his getting lost at Jerusalem at age 12 years;his baptism by John The Baptist;the recruitment of his first apostles namely Simon Peter,James and John;the teachings and miracles that Jesus performed. It reached to the point wherein thousands of people in the mountain were fed by Jesus through the miracle of the multiplication of two fishes and five loaves of bread.

This definitely highlighted Olivia Hussey's performance as the Virgin Mary.Her virginal beauty as well as her portrayal of Jesus' mother were the highlights of the first part.I felt that she somehow overshadowed the great performance of Robert Powell as Jesus.From the meeting the Angel Gabriel at night,being at service with Elizabeth and coming into full understanding of who Jesus is all about and what his son's mission on earth particularly in the scene when she heard her son read the torah to the Pharisees and telling them,"Today,the scriptures are fulfilled". Despite the fact that the wedding of Cana wasn't presented in the TV series,at least it gave value to Jesus' mother which many Christian denominations don't really do much with the exception of the Catholics,who perceive Mary as an important figure in their faith.

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The Background Of Jesus

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Author: Marian20 from United States
7 June 2016

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Part One of Jesus Of Nazareth starts with the introduction of the parents of Jesus from his father Joseph and mother Mary,both of whom are residents of Nazareth.We get to witness how they are betrothed together and many other important events during the birth of Jesus such as: the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Mary;the birth of John The Baptist;the nativity; a 12-year old Jesus getting lost at Bethlehem; the baptism of Jesus by John The Baptist; and the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus from his recruitment of the apostles until he gets to perform a miracle wherein he fed five thousand men as well as women and children on the mounting listening to him preach the Good News.Overall,the viewer gets a background information about Jesus and his family.

Evidently,this part isn't as compelling as the second part which has more of the teachings as well as the passion and death of Jesus,it still would evoke interest in the sense that we are treated with great acting particularly Olivia Hussey,who portrayed Mary,the mother of Jesus.Her performance was truly worth mentioning especially upon showing naivete during the appearance of the angel and the sincere happiness she felt upon the birth of Jesus and finding him as a young boy lost in the temple.There was no over-the- top performance from her.The presence of Olivia Hussey and her portrayal of Mary make it a must-see especially since there will be less of her in the second part.

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