A page dedicated to the movie called "Jesus of Nazareth" by Franco Zeffirelli, For many years, Michael York has brought joy and tears to audiences with his talents on screen and stage. Born in England in 1942.  York was Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew provided York's feature film debut opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Also for Zeffirelli, York played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth.

This is a film considered by many to be the ultimate movie about Jesus. Lushly photographed and made by Franco Zeffirelli for TV in 1977, this film traces His life and its religious and cultural background with the help of a star-studded cast. Actors include Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, Stacy Keach as Barabas, Rod Steiger as Pontius Pilate, Laurence Olivier as Nicodemus, Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, James Mason as Joseph of Arimathea and Michael York as John the Baptist. DVD extras include theatrical trailers and Living in Biblical Times

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John Chapter 1

Baptism of Christ in the river Jordan

Micheal York Baptism in the Jordan - Jesus of Nazareth21: And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22: They said to him then, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23: He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, `Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24: Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
25: They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"
26: John answered them, "I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know,
27: even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."
28: This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29: The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
30: This is he of whom I said, `After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.'
31: I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
32: And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
33: I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

Micheal York Baptism in the Jordan

Mark Chapter 1

10: And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;
11: and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased

John Chapter 1

34: And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."
35: The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
36: and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

Luke Proclamation of the Kingdom of GodChapter 4

The proclamation of the Kingdom of God,

15: And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
16: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read;
17: and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
20: And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the

Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
21: And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
22: And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"
23: And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, `Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper'na-um, do here also in your own country.'"
24: And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country.

Luke Chapter 16

Parable of the prodigal son

10: Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
11: And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;
12: and the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.
13: Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.
14: And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.
15: So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16: And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.
17: But when he came to himself he said, `How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! Prodigal son
18: I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
19: I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."'
20: And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21: And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22: But the father said to his servants, `Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;
23: and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;
24: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry.
25: "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26: And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.
27: And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
28: But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,
29: but he answered his father, `Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
30: But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!'
31: And he said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
32: It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"

Luke Chapter 7

The Paradon of the Sinful Woman

34: The Son of man has come eating and drinking; and you say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Pardon of sinful woman Jesus of Nazareth
35: Yet wisdom is justified by all her children."
36: One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table.
37: And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,
38: and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39: Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."
40: And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?"
41: "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42: When they co
Paradon of sinful woman - Jesus of Nazarethuld not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?"
43: Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."
44: Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45: You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
46: You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
47: Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
48: And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49: Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
50: And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

Matthew Chapter 16

Peter's confession about Jesus

13: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
14: And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." Peter becomes the Rock
15: He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16: Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17: And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
19: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
20: Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
21: From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.


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