Jesus of Nazareth

Season 1 Episode 2

Part II

Aired Unknown Apr 10, 1977 on NBC
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Part II
After foretelling the betrayal by one of his disciples against him which would lead to his death and resurrection, Jesus and his followers venture into Jerusalem to meet with the Sanhedrin, who agree to review the charges of blasphemy made against him by the local Rabbis. If he is declared to be a heretic, he will be sentenced by Roman law to be executed by scourging and crucification.moreless

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  • Comprehensive in scope as it incorporates much of the famous parts of the gospels seamlessly into the dialog...

    In this conclusion, although those who practice Christianity pretty much know the end of the story, the beauty of this miniseries is how it gets there. In other words, given that nearly all of the dialog spoken by the main character Jesus (and many more of the other characters) is straight out of New Testament, the way the various parables and stories are interwoven into the plot was ingenious, allowing one to experience how and in what context they may have been actually spoken and used at the time.

    The acting is superb - particularly Anne Bancroft in her tear-jerker performance as Mary Magdalene, as well as the understated Stacy Keach as Barabbas and of course the broad range of Robert Powell. Although a bit drawn out in order to insert as much of the most well-known of the gospel writings into the story, just hearing them used in such a variety of settings, including in a few fictional plot points, added meaning to the words that is often lost in the translation as it were, when not visually illustrated via example.

    There have been many treatments of this story before (e.g., King of Kings and The Robe, etc), and a few even more famous ones since (e.g., The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of Christ, etc). But this version seems to be universally admired for its middle ground classic presentation of very familiar material, coupled with heartfelt acting and enough Hollywood-style intrigue, costumes, casts of thousands, and just a touch of macho action, to hold the attention of the viewer and draw them into the story.

    Definitely a must-watch and always a perennial Easter favorite.moreless

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Simon Peter: (to the resurrected Jesus) Oh Lord, stay with us. For the night is falling and the day is almost over.
      Jesus: Don't be afraid. I am with you every day till the end of time.

    • Jesus: Father, into thy hands, I commit my spirit. It is accomplished.

    • Pontius Pilate: Who are you? What are you? Well say something! Don't you want to defend yourself? Do you want to die? Don't you realize I have the power to release you or have you crucified?
      Jesus: You would have no power over me, if it had not been given you from above.

    • Pontius Pilate: (incredulously when Jesus is first brought before him) Is this the man you think so dangerous? This? The man that aspires to be a King?

    • Zerah: (to Judas in reference to Jesus) If he is the messiah, God will not abandon him. If he is not, then you will have helped to save Israel from yet another false prophet

    • Barabbas: Tell us what to do. Whatever you say, we'll follow.
      Jesus Then love your enemies and forgive those who use and persecute you. The day of forgiveness is at hand.
      Barabbas: Forgive Herod? Forgive the Romans?
      Jesus: Forgive them all.
      Barabbas: But the.. the Romans have butchered hundreds of innocent people... young people, old people, lives ended without mercy, without trial. Surely, you can't mean to forgive that Master. We must meet the sword with the sword!
      Jesus: All who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
      Barabbas: But we must end the voice of weeping in Israel!
      Jesus: Barabbas, your zeal blinds you to the truth. The new Jerusalem will not be built by murder and uprising. The wisdom of God will fill the land as water fills the sea. The lion will lie down with the lamb. There will be no more killing and destroying, and the voice of weeping shall be heard no more.

    • Jesus: (shouts) Jerusalem!! The faithful city! She that was full of justice has become a harlot! This is a house of prayer and you have turned it into a den of thieves!

    • Jesus: (to Simon Peter) You're thinking as men think not as God thinks. The devil is speaking through you. (now speaking to himself) Get thee behind me, Satan!

    • Jesus: (to his disciples) I am sending you out as sheep amongst wolves. Be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.

    • Young wealthy man: (calls out to Jesus) Good Master! Please tell me Master. What must I do to have eternal life?
      Jesus: Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.
      Young wealthy man: Sell everything? Everything I own? Everything my father slaved for?
      Jesus: Everything. You cannot serve two masters, God and money. (the young man turns and walks away as Jesus continues) You see? It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

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