Jesus of Nazareth

Synopsis: Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
  Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
382 min

(horse neighs)

(tambourines and drums)

More wine over here!

White and red wine. Take it over there.

Now, bring that dish here.

More wine!

I have often wondered about the beliefs of

these nations - the Egyptians, the Syrians.

King Herod... er...

to revert to the Jews. I wonder,... it because they identify future with

past that they have so many prophets?

Oh, the prophets.

It's the sun which breeds them!


Many are harmless.

They preach religion, we let them go,...

..but some of them preach rebellion

because it is written.

Altogether, literacy has had

a disastrous effect on this country.

And those we eliminate,...

..Rome has taught us that, although

this may be indifferent theology,... is very good government.


Majesty, I've heard the word Messiah.

What exactly is a Messiah?

Oh, even you

have heard that awful word, Proculus.

Is he a prophet,

or is he something even...

Well, Rome, even Rome,

cannot influence men's dreams.

And the Messiah is a bad dream...

..disguised as a solution to every problem.

It's a leveller of scores,

a rewarder of righteousness,...

..a scourge for the wrongdoer.

It is the bringer of everlasting peace!

Then, as I understand it,

from what you have said,...

..a Messiah is worse than a prophet,

from the Roman point of view.

Oh, from the Jewish viewpoint, too.

Only you try telling that to the Jews!

No, don't. It's wiser not to consult them

just when a Messiah appears.

Crush it underfoot like a scorpion!

No, you can tell Great Augustus

that he can rest in peace in Rome.

There will be no Messiahs, true or false,

in Palestine while I am alive.

(children shouting)

Mary! Mary!

Come down, Mary!

They're waiting for you!

Mary! Mary!

Mary, come quickly!

Child, your shawl.

(wind blowing)

(dogs barking)

- Thank you.

- Do not be afraid.

Yes, here she is.


May this betrothal, one to the other,...

..Joseph, Mary,... blessed and sanctified according to

the Law of Moses and of Israel.








Who are you?

Who are you?

How can that be?

No man has ever touched me.

Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.

May it be done unto me

according to your word.


..who are you talking to?

There's news of Elizabeth.

My cousin Elizabeth? What news?

She's going to have a son

in three months' time.

She conceived the child six months ago...

..on the nineteenth day of Tishri.

But Elizabeth was always barren.

Now she's far too old.

What nonsense is this, child?

Oh, but it's true.

She's going to have a son.

And I must go and visit her.

Come, Mary. You'll be comfortable.

God bless you, child.

Here. Take this to my sister in Be'er Kuni

and tell her I'll be with her for Passover.

- All right. I will.

- Go safely on your journey.

Where do you want this grain?

Where should I put it?


I've been longing to see you.


So it is true.

How did you know? Who told you?

A messenger...

..from God.

And he told me another thing.

A thing even more wonderful?

You're blessed among women,...

..and blessed shall be the fruit

of your womb.

I too am highly favoured...

..that the mother of the chosen

should come to me.

From the moment

your greeting reached my ears...

..the child in my womb leapt for joy.

My soul doth magnify the Lord!

And my spirit hath rejoiced

in God, my saviour,...

..for he has looked kindly upon

the most humble of his handmaidens...

..and he has told me that all generations

shall call me blessed.

He who is mighty

has done unto me a mighty thing!

- Is it true about Mary's dream?

- Oh, yes.

News came that

Elizabeth is going to have a child.

- Even though she's past the age?

- Yes. She must be 50.

- The wife of Zacharias?

- Yes. She's Mary's cousin.

Well, Joseph,...

..are we going to get an invitation

to your wedding?

(chuckles) Plenty of time for that, Jotham.

The contract's just been signed.

Just betrothed

and his beloved's left him already.

Just like her. She's always been

a bit strange. Not like the others.

That's something you'll have to live with.

But seriously, Joseph,

Mary is remarkable.

We all think so.

A remarkable girl.

(crowd) Ahhh!

Elizabeth is here!

Give him to me, Elizabeth.

Blessed be thou,

our Lord, King of the Universe,...

..who has blessed us

with your commandments...

..and ordained us to initiate our sons

in the Covenant of our Father Abraham.


As this child enters the Covenant, so may

he enter into the study of the Torah,...

..into marriage, and into good deeds.


(baby cries)

This is the seal in flesh of the Covenant

between the Lord and his people.

What is the name of the child?

(Elizabeth) His name is...

His name shall be John.

When you get back to Nazareth,...

..tell Joseph what you have

seen and heard, what you know.

The Lord God gives life

where no life is possible.

And one life shall be the Son of God,...

..and the other shall be his prophet.


Tell all this to Joseph.

But will he believe me?

Will he believe me?

God will open his heart.

Come on, off you go. Go on.

Play somewhere else.

That's it.

It is written in the Law,...

..if, in the time of betrothal,

a woman sins with any other man,...

..let them both be taken

beyond the gates of the town...

..and stoned to death.

That the abomination

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Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli, KBE Grande Ufficiale OMRI (Italian: [ˈfraŋko dzeffiˈrɛlli]; born 12 February 1923) is an Italian director and producer of operas, films and television. He is also a former senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party. Some of his operatic designs and productions have become worldwide classics.He is also known for several of the movies he has directed, especially the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remains the best-known film adaptation of that play as well. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim and is still shown on Christmas and Easter in many countries. A Grande Ufficiale OMRI of the Italian Republic since 1977, Zeffirelli also received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was awarded the Premio Colosseo in 2009 by the city of Rome. more…

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