The actors speak Aramaic in the background, the original tongue of the times, while the story is told entirely by the narrator, directly from scripture, word for word.

It was filmed in Morocco and took five years to make.

The Gospel of John has a King James Version narrated by Brian Cox. There is another version, of the same movie images, narrated by David Harewood using the NIV (New International Version) bible.

The cover photo for this movie echoes the image of John in Eugene Burnand's painting "Peter and John Running to the Tomb" (oil on canvas, 1889, Musee D'Orsay, Paris)