Jesus’ rise to power is the ultimate underdog story. During an era when people were defined by the manner of their death, the crucifixion should have branded Jesus as a failure. But instead of squashing a movement, Jesus’ execution sparked a religion. In roughly 400 years, the little-known Judaic church of Jesus transformed into the religious and political powerhouse it is today. In the new three-part special Jesus: Rise to Power, premiering on Holy Thursday, March 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel (NGC), Roman history expert Dr. Michael Scott journeys through the deserts and cities of the ancient world to reveal the epic events that formed the backbone of Christianity.
Nat Geo is airing the special Thursday, March 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel.
The chief presenter is Michael Scott (not the one from The Office, the one from Cambridge University) –
Dr. Michael C. Scott is a Research Associate at Darwin College and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was formerly the Moses and Mary Research Fellow in Ancient History at Darwin College. His principal research interests lie in the intersection of history and archaeology. In National Geographic Channel’s three-part special Jesus: Rise to Power, Scott journeys across the ancient world to chart the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Together with a series of religion scholars, he will examine key pieces of biblical history and bring to life the epic stories that shaped Christian history.
More on the special here, with thanks to Ben Pascut for the heads up. I just hope it’s not as miserable as the tripe ABC is airing titled ‘The Bible’. Awful stuff that. Just awful. Anyway, you can watch the 5+ minute trailer here.