Everyone knows the story of Jesus' life as told in the Gospels - and perhaps because it is so familiar, we have forgotten what an extraordinary life it was. Through these five plays, the story is pieced together as if from the memories of those who were there and saw events for themselves: Jesus' mother, Mary; his closest friends; the Jewish high priest; and the Roman governor.
They recount the events they witnessed as if they had happened just the other day - and the effect on their own lives. How James and John first encountered Jesus by the lake; the three astonishing years of his ministry; his trial and ignominious death; the wholly unexpected resurrection; and finally, his mother Mary looks back to his obscure birth and the portents that accompanied it. And so the tale regains some of its freshness and even shocking nature.
Each play is followed by a short interview feature, 'Witness: Behind Luke's Gospel', presented by Ernie Rea and examining the themes of Luke.
Featured are Tom Goodman-Hill as Jesus, Paul Hilton as Judas, Peter Firth as Peter, and Penelope Wilton as Mary.
©2008 Nick Warburton; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Yes, I am listening to Witness for the second time. The writing and performance give these stories from Luke's gospel such a sense of reality and makes them come to life for me in a a very personal way.
The historical commentary that follows each play is also fascinating and enlightening.
I decided to listen to the stories again during Holy Week.
I came across Witness when searching for something else narrated by Peter Firth (after listening to hem do Tess of the d'Ubervilles). His portrayal of Peter in Witness is superbly done. Satan's role is also well done.
Witness really brings the characters from Luke's gospel to life. I have found myself recommending this to several friends.
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