He's one of history's most controversial personalities. Was he a good man spreading love and peace? A rabble-rouser stirring rebellion? A charlatan deceiving the masses – then and now? Something else?
Easter seasons have spawned numerous Bible-related media projects. In 2013, we saw Mark Burnett's and Roma Downey's blockbuster The Bible series, which drew huge television audiences – 100 million viewers. Their Son of God film hit theaters in 2014. CNN's Finding Jesus investigative documentary series ran in 2015 and 2017.
So, what's different about the History Channel's 2019 project, Jesus: His Life?
This one tells the story through the eyes of eight people intimately involved with him … friends and antagonists:
Joseph, his earthly father, who protected him
John the Baptist, who publicly presented him
Mary, his mother, who raised him
Caiphas, who sought to eliminate him
Judas, who betrayed him
Pilate, who condemned him to die
Mary Magdalene, who supported him
Peter, who died serving him
The series blends dramatic reenactments with commentary from scholars and faith leaders. Some series commentators question the Bible's accuracy. Others support its plausibility.
You're Pregnant by Whom?
The opening episode depicts the challenge Mary's premarital pregnancy created for Joseph. She believed an angel told her she was pregnant by God.
Suppose your fiancé/fiancée exhibited apparent evidence of sexual activity with someone else during your engagement … and said God sanctioned the whole thing. Would you believe that story? Would you cancel the wedding?
Joseph, whom biblical accounts describe as “a righteous man…decided to break the engagement quietly” to avoid disgracing Mary publicly (Matthew 1:19-21). But, the record specifies, an angel appeared to him in a dream, explaining that the child was conceived in her by God, and told him to “name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Joseph followed instru..