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