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Documentary Sheds Light on Everyday Life in Biblical Times

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/09/11 -- From the creators of The Naked Archaeologist and The Exodus Decoded, Living in the Time of Jesus transports viewers back in time to witness life during the first century. It is a "people's history", set in first century Judea, that looks past the iconic events of the Christian Bible and focuses on the day-to-day life of ordinary people. Living in the Time of Jesus, a three-part documentary series, will air on VisionTV beginning April 18th.

EPISODE ONE: MAKING A LIVING

Monday, April 18 at 11pm ET

Jesus is said to have overturned the tables of moneychangers in the Temple. But who were these people, and whose money were they changing? Using famous biblical stories as our guidebook, host Arne Kislenko with the help of archaeologists, biblical experts and mules, get his hands dirty doing the jobs of ancient carpenters, shepherds and camel-riding merchants. See how the land was tilled, the taxes collected and how the Holy Temple operated.

EPISODE TWO: HEALING THE SICK

Tuesday, April 19 at 11pm ET

It was the time of Jesus and his promise of healing miracles, but what did brain surgery look like? And, were there really any medical benefits to floating in the Dead Sea? Arne Kislenko investigates the many sides of ancient health care to discover what people in Jesus' time knew - and didn't know - about medicine.

EPISODE THREE: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Wednesday, April 20 at 11pm ET

Two thousand years ago, temple guards and soldiers arrested Jesus, setting in motion the most infamous trial of all time. Who were all these people? And, what brought them together on this fateful night? Host Arne Kislenko moves through modern Jerusalem to pick up clues about what law and order looked like in the first century. How did everyone from the taxman to the flogger go about keeping the peace?

Living in the Time of Jesus was produced by Associated Producers Ltd., in association with Vision TV in Canada and the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. Written and directed by Eric Weinthal. Producers are Simcha Jacobovici and Kathryn Liptrott. Executive Producers are Simcha Jacobovici and Ric Esther Bienstock.

Toronto based Associated Producers Ltd. (www.apltd.ca) has produced documentary films for practically every major broadcaster in the world and has won almost every available industry award, including a Gold Medal from the International Documentary Festival of Nyon, a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, a Genie Award, three U.S. Cable Ace Awards, two Gemini Awards, an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award, a British Broadcast Award, a Royal Television Society Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and an unprecedented three Emmys for "Outstanding Investigative Journalism" in 1995, 1996 and 2007.

VisionTV (www.visiontv.ca), an S-VOX company, is Canada's multi-faith and multicultural broadcaster, dedicated to entertaining and insightful programming that celebrates diversity and promotes understanding and tolerance among people of different faiths and cultures.

Living in the Time of Jesus was produced with the participation of the Rogers Cable Network Fund and The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credits.

Contacts:
For more information, as well as press screeners,
please contact:
Associated Producers Ltd.
Kristen De Filippis
(416) 504-6662 ext. 294
kristen@apltd.ca

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