Jesus: Countdown To Calvary
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is no denying the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on world history, particularly the events surrounding his death. In “Jesus: Countdown To Calvary,” Hugh Bonneville, well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers.
Meeting with academic experts and spiritual leaders, Bonneville deconstructs the week leading up to Jesus’s death and untangles the complex factors that resulted in his crucifixion. Exploring questions that have provided more than 2000 years of debate, the documentary offers fascinating insight from both religious and historical angles, filmed with the dynamic pacing of a political thriller.
Contributors include Professor Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh); Professor Paula Fredriksen (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), author of "From Jesus to Christ" (1988;2000); Dr. Zuleika Rodgers (Trinity College, Dublin); Professor Ronny Reich (Hebrew University, Jerusalem); Amit Re’em (Israeli Institute of Archaeology); Fr. Gregory Tatum OP (École Biblique, Jerusalem) and Amos Oz, the acclaimed Israeli author of "Judas."
Professor Bond (MTheol PhD) is the principal academic consultant on the project. She is Professor in Christian Origins with Specialization in New Testament and, since July 2011, director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO) which aims to promote research into the earliest period of Christianity.
The DVD of this program is available for purchase at ShopPBS.org. Also now available on Amazon Prime.
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