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The Apostles
The Apostles
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2003     4hr 20min

This ten-part series reveals the key characters in the story that became Christianity and have stood at its heart ever since: the Apostles. These twelve men, together with Mary Magdalene - often called 'the Apostle to the ...  more »

     
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Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biography, Religion
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/15/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 4hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An absolutely soul stirring experience !!!
Deepak K. Singh | Delhi, India | 09/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It was a soul lifting experience to watch this ten-part series revealing the lives and identities of Apostles (together with Mary Magdalene) in the story that became Christianity and has become a integral part of the Church ever since. Unlike the Apostles Collection DVD set released by the History Channel which contained too much reenactments and dramatizations of the events to explain things, this series goes further deep to take you beyond the icons to reveal the flesh-and-blood pillars of the early church. The series has ten episodes, namely:

1. Peter
2. Andrew
3. John
4. James
5. Matthew
6. Thomas
7. Bartholomew and Philip
8. James, Thaddeus (Jude) and Simon
9. Judas
10. Mary Magdalene

Each episode focuses on the featured Apostle and looks more closely at his life by examining the many facts and details through fascinating historical and biblical evidence. The series unveils many of the sites made sacred by the visitation of Apostles in their mission to spread the gospel to every part of the world. It was absolutely soul stirring to learn about the manner of martyrdom of each Apostle and to witness the Holy relics (even skulls) of some of the Apostles kept in various churches erected in their remembrance, which today attract millions of pilgrims all over the world. To be able to view the cave on the island of Patmos where Apostle John received the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ was so blessed and blissful. It was also quite remarkable to learn of the impact and the legacy, the Apostles have left on the cities/countries they visited. The remarks of renowned biblical scholars, experts, and members of the clergy were very helpful in understanding the story of early Christianity. The narration throughout the series was excellent. This series has definitively made me aware of many important facts about the Apostles which I never knew or could have otherwise known. After watching this 260 minutes series, I felt like I had been to a pilgrimage. It is a kind of experience one should share with the people of his/her Church. I would strongly recommend everyone reading this review to purchase this series before it goes out of stock."
Bitterly Disappointing
All4books2 | Western Kentucky | 11/13/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this for my eleven year old son but found out (luckily before he saw it) that it is an heretical piece of trash.

First, it subscribes to an early heresy that was condemend by even the earliest Christians, namely that Jesus Christ was oblivious to His own divinity.

Secondly, it apparently buys into the Da Vinci Code blasphemy of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ having an illicit relationship. Istead of sinner and Savior it makes their relationship into something far more base.

I wasted $25 on this movie and it went straight into the trash. Do NOT buy it if you are a real Christian."
Well balanced and moving
Volunteer of America | Austin, Texas | 11/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well! I hardly dare say anything after the condemnation of this title by a self-styled "real Christian" (Rebecca) in the review below. Her use of the term "Heretical" reveals her mind set; this term, little used since the Middle Ages, is indicative of a narrow, bigoted, authoritarian religious view point which has little in common with any of Christ's teaching.

For the record, this is a calm, well researched, reverent examination of the Apostles and their relationship with Jesus. No extreme conspiracy-type elements are included, let alone the Da Vinci code nonsense referenced by that reviewer. Rather does it emphasize the strength of the spiritual relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, reverencing her as the "thirteenth Apostle". Although to the fundamentalists, the thought of a woman being included in such a club is no doubt anathema. Folks, try looking at the big picture; your fears and prejudices are so petty!"