Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God (DVD)

by The Neal A. Maxwell Institute at BYU

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Who is Christ?

Is He man or Son of God? Social revolutionary or the Savior? This groundbreaking documentary series travels deep into the heart of the Holy Land to answer the question that religious leaders, scholars, and all mankind have been asking for centuries - Who is Jesus Christ?

Follow scholars as they walk the roads He walked, examining all facets of the Savior's existence - from His premortal ministry to His death and resurrection, to the restoration of His Church and His latter-day reign.

With enlightening new scholarly evidence, powerful testimony, and stunning visual effects, this seven-part documentary will help you see the Savior in a whole new light.

Episode 1: "Before Abraham Was": Premortal Savior
Who was Jesus before He was born? The idea of Christ's premortal existence is not new to believers; however, many scholars shun such a notion. Latter-day Saint scholars, who affirm Jesus' premortal existence, proclaim the reality of His foreordination in the pre-earth life as the Messiah, His role in the War in Heaven and the Creation, and His pivotal place as the Jehovah of the Old Testament.

Episode 2: "Knowest Thou the Condescension of God?": Birth and Childhood
Though many deny the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saint scholars search the differing biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus found in Matthew and Luke to conclude that Christ's birth was, in fact, divine. The scholars explore the traditions surrounding the sojourn in Egypt as well as the scripture and traditions surrounding Jesus' childhood and youth.

Episode 3: "If Thou Be the Son of God": Power and Authority
Though Jesus was born to mortal parents, there were early manifestations of His divine power and authority. Scholars explain the importance of the Savior's early ministry in the Jewish synagogues and the calling and organization of the original Twelve Apostles. Scholars also offer new insights as to whether Jesus considered Himself to be the Messiah.

Episode 4: "He Went up into a Mountain": Sermon on the Mount and Miracles
This episode explores the many miracles of Jesus' ministry - including His turning the water into wine at Cana, healing the paralytic man and the woman with the issue of blood, generously feeding the 5,000 and raising His friend Lazarus from the dead. A close look at these miracles highlights their stunning reality.

Episode 5: "I Have Trodden the Wine Press Alone": Atonement
Latter-day Saint scholars dive deep into the historical and social climate that surrounded Jesus' arrest, trial, and Crucifixion. As the archeological evidence for Jesus' suffering on the cross is examined, new perspectives surface concerning the Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane. Scholars also review the Roman and Jewish laws that defined Christ's trial and sentencing.

Episode 6: "He Is Not Here; for He Is Risen": Resurrection
Referencing both New Testament and Book of Mormon accounts, Latter-day Saint scholars explore the validity of witnesses' accounts of seeing and touching the risen Savior and review the remarkable events of Jesus' post-Resurrection ministries in both Palestine and the Americas.

Episode 7: "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh": Second Coming and Final Judgment
Latter-day Saint scholars appeal to scriptural accounts and explore the events that will precede the Second Coming and Final Judgment of the Savior, including the Apostasy, the Restoration of the gospel in the 1800s through the Prophet Joseph Smith and the importance of temple work in the latter days.

Special Features:

  • "Making of" Featurette
  • Bonus scholar commentary
  • Through His Eyes: Exploring the Landscape of Christ including new footage of the Jordan River, the Garden Tomb, Gethsemane, and more
  • An introduction to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
  • Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese
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    • Number of discs:  2
    • Region:  All Regions

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    Breathtakingly Awesome

    by  Charles & Eileen  -   reviewed on  October 10, 2010

    The documentary reached beyond mortal reason and into the realm of the divine where man is given a glimpse of his own potential godhood through the utter incomprehensible act of love, mercy, power, and magnificence of a God true to His calling and election. No true son or daughter of God could watch such eternal truths being presented in such a powerfully spiritual context and doubt the veracity of such sublime truth and joy!

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    I cried tears of joy...

    by  Sheila  -   reviewed on  November 11, 2010

    You'll want to watch this series about Our Savior over and over...Unspeakable joy and gratitude to those those wonderful scholars who created this documentary for the rest of us. Thank You...and Bless You all...

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    Excellent

    by  Kathy  -   reviewed on  September 30, 2010

    I watched this on KBYU and could not wait for this to come out on DVD. I learned so much from the different scholars. Their love for the Savior was very evident and the information that they shared with us was inspiring.

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    Excellent Learning Tool

    by  Mary  -   reviewed on  January 27, 2011

    My husband and I co-teach the 17 year-old Sunday School class. We are grateful we can use this for our New Testament class, as it adds so much more depth to the discussion, and increases the kids' knowledge of the life of the Savior in such an efficient, thorough, and entertaining way. The chapter segments work so well for a class setting. The kids stayed with it, and afterward told us it was "cool" and interesting. I especially love how many scholars are involved in the documentary, and it gives so many different insights. Plus, the footage of Jerusalem and its region are wonderful to see.

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    In depth look at the Savior

    by  Dena  -   reviewed on  September 03, 2010

    I watched this on KBYU and anxiously awaited its release on DVD. I learned so much more about the Savior, and my testimony was strengthened as I watched each part of the documentary. I especially was moved by the part that featured the last hours of Christ's life, and the sacrament. Those emblems mean so much. We plan to give this to all of our adult children for Christmas this year.

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    Outstanding, Not Flawed

    by  Glen & Ann  -   reviewed on  August 14, 2013

    I strongly disagree with the review titled, "Excellent But Flawed." The simultaneous multi-view method is not in the least distracting, but rather makes the viewing very interesting, indeed. It is these production techniques and others that make these LDS scholarly documentaries cutting edge; In fact I think Ken Burns could learn from this. I think the production values in this and similar LDS doc films are simply stunning.

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    Opened my Eyes...

    by  linda  -   reviewed on  December 30, 2010

    This series, which i did see on BYU, kept me spellbound. I can't think of a more descriptive word at the moment!! It was just breathtaking, the time, places and history of our Savior. Such debth, and knowledge of the Professors presenting this series. It was so awesome, it really really touched my soul. I waited anxiously each week for the new installment. I asked when it would be on DVD, but BYU said they didn't know!!! Maybe we should let them know...thanks

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    Excellent but flawed

    by  Aaron  -   reviewed on  January 24, 2012

    The scholarship of this series is superb. But its quality is distracted from by the VERY poor directing. The common split screens which show a commentator from two or even three (frequently ridiculous) angles serves to distract visually, and to render it more difficult to focus on what the person is saying. The director could take several lessons from those masters of the documentary, Ric and Ken Burns, whose visual style, far from distracting, serves to focus the words of the scholars on the visual message. Despite its flaws, well worth owning--and studying. I have learned much from this series which astonished--or at least gave me to think on things previously unimagined.

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