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Mysteries of the Bible

Channel 5 - 8pm

Who's in it?

Who was Jesus Christ? Well, obviously we all know a thing or two about the Chap (capital C chap, of course), but this programme attempted to shed new light on familiar aspects of His story.

In a nutshell

The study of the Bible has come a long way since the days of vague conjecture and enforced belief by the Inquisition. Thanks to the wonders of modern learning, archaeological advances and our general deeper understanding of the historical context of the events depicted, scholars these days are able to get closer than ever before to the truth behind some of the most famous, and fantastic, stories ever told.

Unfortunately, this documentary didn’t do any of that. Instead, it just parroted back Biblical stories with a few scant factoids here and there. Trouble was, the factoids weren’t all that surprising or revelatory, despite the OTT tone of the show. The Nativity, the healing of the sick, and the feeding of the 5,000 were all retold in prosaic TV movie fashion, with the occasional historian popping up to tell us stuff most people would already remember from school. Not exactly a divine documentary, then.

What's the verdict?

Herod was a bad man. The lamb is a symbol of vulnerability. Jesus did amazing stuff. And these are meant to be “mysteries”? Yep, we can confidently expect to see some rather more interesting Easter shows than this one over the coming days.

Star rating: 2/5

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07-07-2011