Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery returns for a second season, as it seeks to shed light on the historical Jesus.
In this first episode the team looks at the The Pilate Stone, which has Pontius Pilate’s name carved on it and is one of the few bits of evidence proving he existed. It also examines the uncovering of Herod the Great’s palace in Jerusalem and how that ties back to Pilate and Jesus.
In Christian history Pilate is the man who has doubt about Jesus’s guilt and is troubled by the decision he must make, only condemning him after the mob demand it. The stone provides hard evidence that he existed and that he was the Prefect of Judea.
It was found in the 1960s as a reused block in an old staircase at the theatre in the ruins of the Roman city of Caesarea, which was used by prefects as the administrative center during this period.
This new season uses cutting edge science and archeological evidence to another look at the historical Jesus. Taking on the huge task of separating out the factual evidence from two thousand years of interpretation and agendas.
In later episodes the series will look at the tomb of King Herod, the tomb of Lazarus and the bones of St. Peter.
Watch Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery – The Pilate Stone at 9:00 PM on CNN.More: Finding Jesus