Set includes 2 DVDs: Bethlehem Year Zero -- The birth of Jesus and surrounding events as TV news would cover it today. Dateline Jerusalem -- Dateline Jerusalem -- Here is the Easter story as you have never experienced it. You’ll feel like you are back in Jerusalem during Holy Week, the most momentous week in the history of the world, and the setting for this "special news report." ?
Set includes 2 DVDs:
Bethlehem Year Zero -- “This just in….reliable sources report a very bright object has been observed in the eastern sky. We go live now to our correspondent in Bethlehem….” Witness the events of 2000 years ago as if they are today’s breaking news! The program is set amidst the social and political context of the time and based on the best available research. Real life political analysts and correspondents detail the significance of the amazing events surrounding the birth of the long-awaited Messiah.
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Dateline Jerusalem -- Here is the Easter story as you have never experienced it. You'll feel like you are back in Jerusalem during Holy Week, the most momentous week in the history of the world, and the setting for this "special news report." With anchor Martyn Lewis and special on-the-scene correspondents, these news bulletins and reports cover the story of Holy Week in an enlightening presentation that provides greater understanding of the circumstances leading up to and surrounding Christ's crucifixion. Eight 15-minute segments on two tapes.
Programs 1-4 begin with the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and examine the events and intrigues that follow: the dramatic challenge of the moneychangers, the trick question of paying taxes to Caesar, and the "evidence" of blasphemy and treason when Jesus claims to be the Messiah. All are explained in fascinating detail as the narrative unfolds.
Programs 5-8 cover Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. The politics and intrigue of first-century Palestine provide the backdrop for the betrayal and execution of a man who has changed the course of history. How will this turbulent Rabbi be remembered? And what is one to make of the reports that he has come back from the dead? In this innovative series, using all the techniques of modern news gathering, combined with the treasures of historical research, the story of that first Holy Week comes alive again -- putting the stories of faith in the realm of a real world.
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I'm resident in the United Kingdom where these programmes were first broadcast in 1999 and 2000 and they were appointment television for me. Bethlehem Year Zero (1999) told the Christmas story in such a way that I was hooked on every twist and turn. For instance when the Eastern delegation arrived at Herod's HQ and made a diplomatic disaster my immediate reaction was "Oh dear, that's not going to help Palestine overseas." Dateline Jerusalem (2000) was just as gripping for the same reasons, especially when reports emerged that the telephone vote opened up to decide who should be released had been staged in such a manner that the innocent person was bound to lose.