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Corpus Christi • presentation
Historians, epigraphists, biblical scholars, linguists, geographers and archeologists, believers and non-believers, Catholics, Protestants and Jews, from the universities of Jerusalem, Strasbourg, Lyon, Geneva, Heidelberg, from England and the United States have all sunk their teeth into the story of the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel according to St. John. How and why was Jesus crucified? Who judged him? Who condemned him? What was the religious, political and social context? How can the four Gospels be so divergent? As many questions mark this extraordinary survey, which advances like a suspense story, an old wrinkled finger following the lines on a fragment of papyrus. As a result of the ambiguity, for example, of St. John's phrase "He will deliver them", describing the attitude of Pontius Pilate at the end of Jesus' trial, the responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus has been placed on the Jews, sowing the seeds for anti-Semitism for centuries to come. Starting with the crucifixion, the shocking climax to his existence, the series unfolds the events of the life of Jesus ? his baptism, the clash with the merchants in the temple, the trial, etc. ? to raise the question of the place of Jesus in the Jewish world of the time.
A documentary series of 12 x 52 mn - Year of production: 1992
Directed by Gérard Mordillat and Jérôme Prieur
A coproduction Archipel 33 - La Sept Arte
DVD Edition by Arte France Développement