Synopsis: Jesus dreams of a medieval battle in the name of Jesus Christ and of a dying world war soldier who, in desperation, calls out the name: Jesus. Jesus awakes, distraught. What is the meaning of this nightmare? Why are these strangers using his name? Jesus is a simple carpenter, like his father Joseph. Both are presently looking for work, but they've been wandering for days from town to town without finding any. Times are difficult in Galilee. Roman taxes are stifling the country. The hated Jewish tax collectors, viewed by the people as traitors, rob people of their last means of subsistence. Revolts and bands of revolutionary thieves are spreading uncertainty throughout the land. Herod Antipas, the Jewish king, is merely a weak shadow of his feared father Herod the Great. The real power lies in the hands of Caiphas, the high priest. To strengthen his position, he plays the Jewish interests against the Roman interests with religious fervor. His most dangerous opponent is the new Roman pro
Director(s): Roger Young
  Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations.
240 min

In the name of Jesus Christ!

In the name of Jesus Christ!


Jesus! Jesus!

A dream?


I was dreaming

of your mother's bread...

still warm from the oven.

Keep dreaming

if you want to eat today.

Nothing to eat

and sleeping on stones.

I'm getting too old forthis.

We must find work.

Let me be the first

to welcome you, Governor Pilate.

You appear to be

the only one to welcome me.

Please make note of that,


I am the only one

to welcome you.

A conqueror doesn't expect

a warm welcome.

These people don't accept that

they've been conquered.

Well, they will.

Judea is the most troublesome

province in the empire.

So I've been told.

And who are you?

I am Livio, Roman citizen.

And why are you here?

Well, a kind man would say

I am Caesar's historian.

An unkind man would say

that I am Caesar's...


( laughs )

- Good morning, Mary.

- It's a beautiful morning.

Have Joseph

and your son returned?


I'm sure they must have

found carpentry work in Jerusalem.

God willing.

God willing.

Pontius Pilate!

Most honored citizen of Rome!

I, Herod Antipas,

Tetrarch of Galilee, welcome you.

( applauding )

I accept your welcome,

Herod Antipas.

And Caesar sends

his blessings on your land,

and his kingdom.

May I present my wife,


my stepdaughter, Salome,

and your fellow

Roman citizen, Livio.

We've met.

Please, come sit beside me.

I must say,

this city surprises me.

In what way, Governor?

The structures,

they are most impressive.

Built by my father,

Herod the Great,

beloved of his people.

They hated him.

A vicious man, I'm told.

How distasteful of you

to speak of my father this way.

As his son,

I am a hero to the people.

The butt of all of their jokes.

You misunderstand.

In Rome, we call yourfather's

way of ruling, "statesmanship."

Perhaps Pontius Pilate

would like to see

the grandest of all structures

in lsrael, the Temple,

built by my father,

a personal friend of Augustus,

as I am a personal

friend of Tiberius.

How strange.

I've never

heard him mention you.

I thank you

for your welcome.

And I will visit the Temple,

as you suggest.

Make sure you take your troops!

And show their insignia proudly!


whatdoes he mean,

"show their insignia"?

Well, I could tell you,

but it would spoil all the fun.

The High Priest of the Temple

is Caiaphas, appointed by Rome,

which puts him in

a very interesting position

on the one hand he has to appear

to be on the side of his own people,

but on the other hand

he owes his position to Rome...

a very narrow path to tread.

Welcome, Pontius Pilate.

I am Caiaphas,

High Priest of this Temple.

We come to wish you well,

as you undertake the post

of Governor of Judea.

I thank you, priest.

Allow me

to get right to the point.

Rome is displeased

with the number of legions

it has to keep in this barren land

in orderto maintain peace.

Your taxes don't begin

to pay back the costs.

You speak of the past.

This disorder erupts directly

from your corrupt religion,

which erupts directly

from this Temple.

That ends today.

My soldiers will be posted here

every minute of every day

from now on.

This order defiles the Temple!

Our religion forbids graven images

in the Temple!

Your soldiers are an abomination

to the Temple.

Even their flags break our laws.

We allow no graven images,

and your banners carrying

the carvings of Caesar,

these shields are symbols

of Roman dominion!

No building in Judea,

not even the Temple,

is exempt from the display

of these symbols.

What your religion forbids,

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