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For Release: Feb. 5, 2004

CNN Presents Examines ‘The Mystery of Jesus’
Documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, illuminates
questions about Jesus’ life, family and death


Amid 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.

Selected CNN Presents programs will be aired as commercial-free classroom editions. For further information about online curriculum and airdates, please visit: www.CNNStudentnews.com.

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