History takes viewers on a journey of discovery leading up to Easter with the premiere of Jesus: The Lost 40 Days, on Wednesday, April 20, 9pm ET/PT.
The show follows up last year’s The Real Face of Jesus which premiered to worldwide attention. The documentary fills in the gaps in the historical record.
According to the Bible, Jesus came back from the dead and walked the earth for 40 days before ascending to heaven. But the New Testament reveals little about this defining miracle of the Christian faith.
Using tools of history, technology, science and faith, History tells the little-known story.
Non-Biblical sources such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Secret Revelation of John and the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus yield information and detail about these seemingly lost 40 days.
Could Jesus’ words in these ancient manuscripts contain some of his most important teachings, even though they were not included in the New Testament? The producers also build upon the CGI image of the crucified Christ created from the Shroud of Turin in The Real Face of Jesus to visually depict the moments when Jesus appears to his followers in resurrected form.