Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery

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  • TV-PG
  • 2015
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.7  (390)

Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery is a six-part documentary series that premiered on CNN in 2015. The show delves into the historical and scientific evidence surrounding six different artifacts related to the life of Jesus Christ. Leading the investigations are Adam Bond, a British television presenter, and Mark Goodacre, a New Testament scholar at Duke University in North Carolina. Alongside them is Mehdi Aissaoui, a journalist and writer who adds his expertise on Middle Eastern culture and history.

Each episode focuses on a different artifact or event, starting with the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus, imprinted with his image. Bond and Goodacre examine the scientific tests conducted on the shroud and discuss the authenticity of its claims.

From there, the show explores other famous artifacts such as the True Cross, believed to be the cross on which Jesus was crucified, and the Virgin Mary's veil. Along the way, experts are interviewed, and various theories and legends about each artifact are examined and scrutinized.

One of the most fascinating episodes centers around the discovery of an ossuary, a box used during ancient times to store bones. The box was inscribed with the name "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." The question of whether this box could really hold the bones of Jesus' brother is a fascinating one, and Bond and Goodacre delve into the scientific and historical evidence to try and find the truth.

Throughout the series, the show never takes a hard stance on the authenticity of any of these artifacts or events. Instead, it presents the evidence, theories, and legends surrounding each one, and leaves it up to the viewer to decide what they believe.

But while the show is certainly thought-provoking, it's never dry or boring. The experts involved are passionate and engaging, and the mysteries surrounding each artifact are presented in an accessible and intriguing way. Whether you're a religious scholar or simply someone who's interested in history and science, Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery is an excellent and informative series that's worth checking out.

Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on March 1, 2015.

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Where to Watch Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery
Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery is available for streaming on the CNN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery on demand at Max, Discovery+ and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    March 1, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (390)