An Archaeological Search for Jesus: Hosted by Hershel Shanks
Run time: 210 minutes
In this five-part documentary, Hershel Shanks travels from Galilee to Jerusalem in search of the first-century world in which Jesus lived and died. Includes visits to Nazareth, Sepphoris, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Kursi, Qumran and Jerusalem. In each installment, Shanks interviews eminent archaeologists and New Testament scholars about the sites associated with Jesus and other gospel figures. A trip to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, gives insight into the Jewish context of Jesus’ teachings. This non-denominational film is the first and only documentary focusing on the archaeological evidence of Jesus and early Christianity.
Part I: Galilee Beginnings
Visit the possible places of Jesus’ birth and explore Sepphoris, the “city set on a hill” where he played and learned Greek as a boy. See the remains of the synagogue in Capernaum where he probably preached at the start of his career.
Featuring: Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, John Dominic Crossan, Stephen Pfann, James F. Strange
Part II: Galilee Fishing
See the towns on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus’ apostles lived and worked. Visit the site of the Swine Miracle mentioned in the Gospels. Relive the discovery of the first-century boat recovered from the lake.
Featuring: Rami Arav, Orna Cohen, Richard Freund, Mendel Nun, Bargil Pixner, James F. Strange, Vassilios Tzaferis
Part III: Qumran & the Dead Sea Scrolls
Visit the Judean desert home of the scroll community and learn what the scrolls can teach us about Jesus, John the Baptist and early Christianity.
Featuring: John Dominic Crossan, Hanan Eshel, Joseph Fitzmyer, James VanderKam
Part IV: Jerusalem Footsteps
Walk the streets of the city where Jesus spent his last week. Visit its first-century homes and monuments. Relive the dramatic discovery of the original gate through which Jesus made his triumphal entry.
Featuring: Gabriel Barkay, James Fleming, Hillel Geva, Ronny Reich
Part V: Jerusalem Tombs
See archaeological evidence of Roman crucifixions and learn what the famous “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” ossuary can tell us about Jewish burial practices in the first century. Find out which is the real site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial—the Garden Tomb or the Holy Sepulchre.
Featuring: Gideon Avni, Dan Bahat, Gabriel Barkay, André Lemaire, Ya’akov Meshorer