Lost Worlds: The First Christians (2006)

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Travel the Holy Land in the footsteps of St. Paul.

  • Computer graphics bring to life the world where Christianity took root.
  • Visit sites where men like St. Paul first spread the gospel.
  • Head underground to see how the earliest Christians survived in a hostile world.

In the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion, only a hundred or so of his followers survived. But within a few decades, Christianity had spread around the Mediterranean and across the Roman Empire. In large measure, this was due to the efforts of one man, a man who had once devoted himself to squashing the nascent faith--St. Paul.

LOST WORLDS draws on the expertise of a team of field investigators using the latest research, expert analysis, and cutting-edge graphic technology to return to the earliest years of Christianity. From the port of Tarsus, where St. Paul was born, the program follows the systems of trade and transport that helped him travel 20,000 miles.

In the Turkish desert city of Cappadocia, LOST WORLDS finds evidence of how the new religion reached a mysterious community of cave-dwellers. These persecuted Christian communities sought refuge by literally heading underground to vast subterranean cities which THE FIRST CHRISTIANS explores.

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