Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series 1977)

TV Mini-Series   |  TV-G   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.




  • Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Regina Bianchi and Yorgo Voyagis in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Franco Zeffirelli and Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Franco Zeffirelli and Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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21 March 2005 | cris-57
An excellent road sign
I recently watched this movie meticulously as I had the job of transcribing most of it to paper for a later production translation. I had seen this movie when it was originally broadcast in the 70's. Being a visually oriented learner, creative type and fundamental but immature in my Christian faith...I was distracted by the handsomeness of Powell and his blue eyes and aforementioned preoccupation of my own perceptions.

That said, I would say that this is the best movie made about the life of Christ that I have seen and I've seen numerous. Robert Powell does make the character of Jesus very human and believable...and also gives the viewer a sense of the divine...Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. In short, a viewer can look forward to meeting this Jesus and not feel condemned...and can walk away forgiven.

But there are people in this world who are fundamental and want to see a Jesus as described in The Bible as accurately as possible for a human to portray. Personally, I believe that God can inspire a man to play the role of Jesus to a certain extent. It's my opinion that Powell was inspired...not totally, but to a certain extent. BTW doesn't God want all of us to act like little Jesus'? Obviously, no man can portray the character of Jesus fully...there is only one Jesus.

I would still like to see a Jesus that matches the biblical description: - he was not handsome according to the prophet Isaiah. - he was so beat up during his passion that he was not able to be recognized to be a man...again the prophet Isaiah. - His beard was torn out...again, I believe that's Isaiah.

In my opinion, "The Passion" surpasses "Jesus of Nazereth" in that part of the story...but it too falls short of the points above.

All in all, Jesus of Nazereth is an excellent road sign to point men to the truth.

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In this mini-series, Jesus Christ's opposition against the scribes and the Pharisees ("Woe to you scribes and Pharisees!") come from Matthew 23 and Luke 11 in the New Testament. Although the gospels of Matthew and Luke present Jesus' biggest opponents as the Pharisees and the scribes, this opposition reflects more accurately the situation of the early Christian community during the 80's CE when the gospels of Matthew and Luke were written. The early Christian community vied with the Pharisees to claim the mantle of true successor of the Israelites religion after the destruction of the Temple and antagonism between Christians and Pharisees during this period known as "the Great Divorce" was much greater than in Jesus' day.

The Pharisees obeyed Traditions of the Elders ("Mashlmanwatha da Qashishe" in Aramaic) which represented an oral tradition that accompanied the written Torah. Jewish sects, among whom the early Christians were counted, differed on their attitudes toward the oral law (the Sadducees, for example, did not believe in the authority of the oral law). This oral law was codified in the Mishnah and went on to become the basis of the reflection and commentaries that became the Talmud.


The celebration of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, which Jesus is shown participating in, was not developed until medieval times.

Alternate Versions

For Easter 2016, the UK's Sky Arts channel showed one part a day over the 4 days of Easter. They used the extended 4 parts of 120 minutes each version, totaling 8 hours with advertising.


Plot Summary


Biography | Drama | History


Release Date:

3 April 1977


English, Syriac

Country of Origin

Italy, UK

Filming Locations

Durango, Mexico

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