Insight into History's Jesus Documentary
Executive producer and well-known TV pastor Joel Osteen says this series will present the story in a way that is "a little different."
Jesus: His Life is an eight-part documentary that will air on History channel starting next week in the lead-up to Easter. The show will feature a mix of scripted drama and expert interviews. In something of a twist, each episode will be told from the perspective of an important Biblical figure, including Mary - his mother, John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate and Mary Magdalene.
In addition to being executive producer, Joel Osteen, who is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, will appear on camera as one of the documentary's experts. In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, he makes clear that this program is not just for believers.
"It's not a preaching series: it's for everybody to learn about the most important man that ever lived. Whether you believe he's the son of God - like I do - or not, Jesus was somebody that changed culture."
Some of the other experts in this series are, in fact, skeptics, so don't expect to get a united Christian perspective. Osteen, whose church is among the largest in America, nevertheless believes that the program can still play an important role in spreading the Gospel of Christ.
"It's another way to get the message out. Some people are never going to listen to a preacher, but they'll watch a documentary or movie on the life of Jesus."
The first episode of Jesus: His Life airs on HIstory channel next Monday, March 25th at 8:00 PM EDT/7:00 CDT. In the meantime, you can watch the GMA interview with Joel Osteen.