Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery

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This documentary miniseries examines a collection of objects that Christians believe are linked to the life of Jesus Christ. Through scientific and historical research, and through interviews with scientists and historians, the series seeks to determine whether the objects' backstories have any basis in real history. The series aired on CNN in the spring of 2015.

CNN
1 Season, 12 Episodes
March 1, 2015
Drama
5.4/10
Cast: Adam Bond, Mark Goodacre, Mehdi Aissaoui, Taha Mesbah
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Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery Full Episode Guide

  • An exploration of Thomas' tale outside the New Testament, in particular the Christian traditions linking him with India.

  • The history of St. Peter's relics, including those just found under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940's.

  • Examining the Tomb of King Herod, a big news story when it was revealed by Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer in 2007, and investigating if it actually belongs to the king.

  • Unpacking the archaeology of the first-century house believed to be the childhood home of Jesus; exploring the known facts about Jesus' early life and depicting his formative relationship with his mother, Mary.

  • Examining the Orthodox tradition linking Lazarus and his relics with the Mediterranean island of Cyprus; it tells of the raising of a man four days dead and goes on to research the consequences.

  • The archaeological exploration zeroes in on critical artifacts that are linked to Pontius Pilate -- the inscription on the Stone that proves he lived, as well as the new discovery of Herod the Great's Jerusalem Palace.

  • Examines relics said to be of John the Baptist, using scientific methods. It is inter-cut with scenes from the life of John the Baptist.

  • Tells the story of the gospel of Judas, both the manuscript and the story, inter-cut with scenes depicting the events of the gospel.

  • Mary's relationship with Jesus can possibly be best explained by ancient texts that were preserved by the sands of time in Egypt.

  • Tells the story of James, the brother of Jesus, with a focus on his purported burial box. It is inter-cut with scenes from James' life.

  • Investigating whether pieces of the cross Jesus died on still exist today.

  • Examines an ancient cloth to determine whether it is the actual burial cloth which wrapped Jesus' body. It is inter-cut with scenes of the flogging of Jesus, his walk to the crucifixion, and the crucifixion itself.

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