The Friends of Jesus: Close to Jesus: The Series

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When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus’s arrest. After Jesus’s burial, the disciples decide to leave Jerusalem quickly, but Thomas refuses to leave Jesus’ body behind, as he fears that the tomb may be desecrated.

When MARY MAGDALENE tells the disciples that the resurrected Jesus has appeared to her, they are all convinced of his god-like nature apart from Thomas. He sets off to look for the corpse. Thomas still has his doubts even when the disciples tell him that Jesus appeared to them, too. Therefore, he meets a legionary who pretends to know where the body can be found.

The man leads Thomas into the catacombs for money # but the corpse he shows him is someone else’s. Thomas is told to announce to the others that he has seen Jesus’s corpse, and put an end to the belief in resurrection once and for all. When Thomas refuses to do so, a life-or-death struggle ensues. Torches fall from the walls, transforming the underground labyrinth into a sea of flame, and Thomas saves the soldier’s life.

Out of gratitude, the man sends him to see his superior LONGINUS, who was rejected from the army as a “madman” and almost beaten to death. Longinus now tells Thomas how he witnessed the resurrection. This doesn’t convince Thomas either. In despair he starts to reproach himself to Joanna, saying because of his doubts he can no longer be a worthy disciple of Jesus. But Joanna takes him back to the disciples. Then Jesus appears to all of them and convinces Thomas of the resurrection. Overjoyed, Thomas is now prepared to spread the Christian faith.

Close to Jesus: Thomas

Mathieu Carriere plays the Apostle Thomas, who doubted news of the resurrection of Jesus and said he would not believe it until he placed his fingers in Jesus’ wounds. This release is part of set that also includes the uplifting New Testament stories of Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Nazareth. 94min.

Close to Jesus: Judas

This is the story of the one-time friend and apostle to Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. This film is part of a set that also includes the uplifting New Testament stories of Joseph of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Thomas. 94min.

Close to Jesus: Mary Magdalene

Maria Grazia Cucinotta stars as reformed prostitute Mary Magdalene, whose sins were forgiven by Jesus Christ. She soon became a part of his inner circle and was present at his crucifixion. This film is part of a set that also includes the uplifting New Testament stories of Judas Iscariot, Joseph of Nazareth and the Apostle Thomas. 94min.

Close to Jesus: Joseph of Nazareth

Tobias Moretti stars as Joseph the carpenter of Nazareth, husband of Mary (Stefania Rivi), the young virgin who gave birth to Jesus Christ. This flim is part of a set that also includes the uplifting New Testament stories of Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Thomas. 94min.

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  1. CFDb says
    05 September 11, 4:50pm

    Hi Deborah,

    Nice clear info, I have not seen these, this will be a help for all those who watch this. Thanks

    Roger

  2. Akira Miele says
    22 October 11, 9:55pm

    Each movie in the series should be commended for costumes and movie sets. While each of the stories present a plausible synopsis of what ‘could’ have happend, each of these stories should be taken with a grain of salt; as none of stories depicted in Close to Jesus, have any basis in fact.

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