More than 1,500 years ago, ancient writings were buried that offered alternative narratives about Jesus of Nazareth. Many of these alternative gospels were considered scandalous and deemed heretical. Rediscovered within the last century, these texts offer more questions than answers. Secret Lives of Jesus examines these mysterious lost stories of Christ. Who wrote them and why? How do they compare to the accepted New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? And why were the stories forgotten for so long?
He's one of the most hated men in history: Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. For centuries, his name has meant treachery and deceit. Hidden for nearly two thousand years, an ancient Gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt that tells a very different version of the last days of Jesus and questions the portrait of Judas Iscariot as the evil apostle. Join National Geographic and a team of Biblical detectives as they race to determine the authenticity of this ancient document, piecing together its delicate pages before they turn to dust. With movie-quality dramatizations and insightful analysis by the world's foremost experts, The Gospel of Judas reveals a new account of Jesus's betrayal to the modern world.
Herod the Great, king of the Holy Land during the time of Christ, is best known for the Massacre of the Innocents: the Book of Matthew's account of the slaughter of Bethlehem's male infants. But Herod's bloody reputation has always hidden another side of one of the Bible's greatest villains. He was an architectural mastermind of breathtaking proportions. Herod built more and larger monuments than virtually anyone in ancient times, perhaps in all time. Now, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer claims to have found Herod's grandest creation of all - his burial tomb. At his self-named palace-fortress Herodium, Herod's Lost Tomb explores Netzer's decades-long search for the King of the Jews' fabulously carved mausoleum and coffin. With in-depth examinations of classic Herodian sites such as Masada, Caesarea, and Jerusalem's Second Temple, National Geographic probes deep into the architectural brilliance of one of history's most despised men.
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