|Mary Magdalene (Alice Marshall), The Jesus Mysteries|
(Juniper TV; National Geographic)
Jesus Christ is one of the most famous names in the history of mankind. But Gospel writers left out crucial details about pivotal events in Christ's life - historical moments that have been adapted, embellished and rewritten over the course of hundreds of years. This special re-examines elements of Christ's life and ministry, such as the nativity, the miracles and the crucifixion - questioning basic modern assumptions to reveal some surprising and often shocking details.
There are a couple of clips available. The first focuses on "Rabble Rousing" and discusses the temple incident and features Bart Ehrman, Helen Bond, Larry Hurtado and me:
The second discusses Mary Magdalene, "Prostitute or Disciple", and features Kate Cooper and Helen Bond, alongside Alice Marshall as Mary Magdalene:
I was interviewed for this in July in St Andrews, Scotland, just before Helen Bond was interviewed too. Although I have not seen it yet, I like the look of the mix of drama and CGI reconstructions with scholars' interviews. And the handsome Jesus figure is played by Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons from the legendary rock band Kiss. Here he is in the boat with Joseph of Arimathea:
|Nick Simmons as Jesus in The Jesus Mysteries, National Geographic|
This and other photographs suggest that there will be some idiosyncratic elements covered, including legends like Jesus in England.