A page dedicated to the movie called "Jesus of Nazareth" by Franco Zeffirelli.  Olivia Hussey (born Olivia
Osuna on April 17, 1951) is a British actress who appeared as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 movie version of Romeo and Juliet.  Olivia Hussey played the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 television mini-series Jesus of Nazareth, also a Zeffirelli film.

A star-studded international cast, featuring Michael York, Sir Laurence Olivier, James Earl Jones, Anne Bancroft, Olivia Hussey, Rod Steiger and Anthony Quinn, adds depth and humanity to the roles of the saints, sinners, and ordinary people who walked in the footsteps of the Lord.

The film provides the setting and background for the birth, childhood, baptism, teaching and many miracles of the Messiah, culminating in the Divine Resurrection.  Directed by Oscar® nominee Franco Zefirelli and acclaimed by critics and religious leaders worldwide, Jesus of Nazareth tells the greatest of all stories with tremendous emotion and splendor.

Jesus of Nazareth II

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Luke Chapter 2  The Birth of Jesus

1: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
2: This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria.
3: And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
4: And Joseph also
Nativity the birth Jesus of Nazarethwent up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5: to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
6: And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
7: And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8: And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9: And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
10: And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy wh
Shepherds  Jesus of Nazarethich will come to all the people;
11: for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12: And this will be a sign
for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"
15: When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
16: And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child;
Presentation of the Babe Jesus from Jesus of Nazareth moive18: and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
19: But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

The presentation of Our Lord

21: And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22: And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to pres
ent him to the Lord
23: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
24: and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Presentation of Jesus - Simeon devout man
25: Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26: And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27: And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
28: he t
ook him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
30: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
Presentation in the Temple from Jesus of Nazareth31: which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."
33: And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
34: and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against
35: (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."

Mathew Chapter 2

A voice in Ramah, the killing of the innocence.

ramah16: Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men.
17: Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more."

Luke Chapter 2

The Finding of the child Jesus in the Temple

Jesus at 12 years old40: And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
41: Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover.
42: And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;
43: and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple
44: but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
45: and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46: After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
47: and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Find Jesus in the Temple48: And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
49: And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
50: And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
51: And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
52: And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.


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