Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This BBC Four documentary investigates the variety of stories surrounding the New Testament account of the crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, by interviewing historians, theologians and historical researchers. This exploration of the latest theories about what really happened to Jesus 2000 years ago uncovers some surprising possibilities.

At the heart of the mystery is the suspicion that Jesus might not actually have died on the cross. The film concludes that it was perfectly possible to survive crucifixion in the 1st Century — there are records of people who did. But if Jesus survived, what happened to him afterwards?

The Crucifixion. Christ on the Cross between two thieves. Illumination from the Vaux Passional, 16th Century.

One of the most remarkable stories concerns the charismatic preacher Yuz Asaf (Leader of the Healed) who arrived in Kashmir in around 30 AD. Just before he died at the age of 80, Yuz Asaf claimed that he was in fact Jesus Christ and the programme shows his tomb — Roza Bal — next to which are his carved footprints which bear the scars of crucifixion.

Watch this. Now.

Related literature: The unknown years of Jesus (also called his silent years, lost years, or missing years).

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