Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program, narrated by Jonathan Frakes, is part one of a two-part series that takes the viewer on a journey through time as recounted in the stories of the Bible. This episode puts its focus on the Old Testament and some of the characters whose lives are recounted there. In the centuries before the coming of Jesus Christ, some heroes emerged who exemplified the moral code of the Judaic tradition. Their lives served as harbingers for the traits which would become embodied by the Christ, such as selflessness, wisdom, and faith. Their presence accounts for such Bible heroes as Esther and Moses. The program then considers the lives of two important figures in the life of Christ: John the Baptist and King Herod. Art, reenactments, and commentary from theologians and scholars are used to tell the story.