Bethlehem Year Zero
|This is no nativity play treatment of Christ's birth, but an attempt to set it in the real political and social context of the time based on the best available sources and research. A mad tyrant Herod... a turbulent and rebellious people living under Roman occupation... mass executions... all are under the shadow of the greatest astronomical event in 800 years, at a time when astrology was the cutting edge of political science.|
Although the news is presented as happening now, there are no reconstructions, no costumes and no actors. We have real political analysts who discuss the threat to Herod's succession, and the danger to him if he fails to control this unruly province. The tax census gives us a chance to cover the fiscal oppression of the people, as well as the instability caused by putting a whole country on the move at a time when gatherings of more than three people were against the law and seen as subversive. The culmination of the story is not "away in a manger"; but the egenocidal murder of 22 Bethlehem infants.
DVD Region: All Regions
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Production Year: 2000
The birth of Jesus and surrounding events as TV news would cover it today.
A mad tyrant Herod, a turbulent and restless people under Roman occupation, mass executions -- all are under the shadow of the greatest astronomical event in 800 years, at a time when astrology was the cutting edge of political science. Here is a program that sheds new light on the events and circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus. This is no nativity-play treatment of Christís birth, but an attempt to set it in the real political and social context of the time, based on the best available sources and research.
The program is presented in a news format as if the events surrounding Christís birth were happening now. The incidents are reported by on-the-scene correspondents and political analysts, just as television presents world news today. The reports discuss the threat to Herod's succession and the danger to him if he fails to control this province. The report on the tax census discloses the fiscal oppression of the people. Also documented is the instability caused by putting a whole country on the move at a time when gatherings of more than three people could be seen as subversive.
This enlightening presentation provides a greater understanding and new appreciation of the world into which Jesus was born.
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