Release: Feb. 5, 2004
Presents Examines ‘The Mystery of Jesus’
Documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, illuminates
about Jesus’ life, family and death
debate about Jesus Christ raised by an upcoming Mel Gibson movie
and The DaVinci Code novel, CNN
Presents offers “The
Mystery of Jesus,” a special that explores historical evidence
and current theories surrounding Jesus the man.
CNN will air this one-hour program on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.
and 11 p.m. (ET). Acclaimed actor Liam Neeson narrates “The
Mystery of Jesus.”
“Most of the historic information we know about Jesus, which comes from
the four Gospels, leaves many details open for debate,” said Sid Bedingfield,
senior vice president of CNN Productions. “This documentary addresses some
of the unanswered questions about this man’s life through historical material
and forensic data.”
“The Mystery of Jesus” features interviews with scholars who are
devoted to investigating critical details of Jesus’ life, including his
birth, adolescence, adulthood and crucifixion. It also explores elements of his
life that have sparked intense debate, such as what he really looked like, whether
he had siblings or was married and why he died and how. Additionally, “The
Mystery of Jesus” examines new thinking about the people closest to him,
including Mary, Joseph and Mary Magdalene among others.
Producers David Gibson, Jody Gottlieb and Michael McKinley spent a year traveling
from the United States to Europe and finally to Israel to film this program.
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