The Gospels

The Gospels

Dave Stotts takes us on his most exciting adventure yet as he tells the story of Jesus from the locations recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Dave travels to over 50 ancient sites in Israel to deliver the Gospels in a fresh and compelling way...

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The Gospels
  • Episode 1: The Historical Landscape

    We open in Jerusalem and discuss the impact of Jesus over the last 2,000 years. We present the set-up for the arrival of Jesus in the context of Jewish and Roman history. We travel to Nazareth and present the four different Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We learn the importance of...

  • Episode 2: The Announcements

    We stay in Nazareth and investigate the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel delivered very special news to a virgin girl named Mary. We explore the concepts of angels, miracles, and the importance of the Virgin Birth. We discuss the Roman census and the trip by Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. We ...

  • Episode 3: Jesus is Born

    We visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and take a look at the accounts of Jesus’ birth. We examine the birthplace of Jesus and the accounts of shepherds in the fields nearby. We explore the journey of the "Wise Men" from the East, known as Magi, and the Star of Bethlehem that summoned t...

  • Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up

    We delve into the world of Herod the Great at the time of Jesus’ birth. We examine the “slaughter of the innocents” in Judea. We visit a number of awesome archaeological sites in Israel built by Herod, including the massive Herodium about seven miles south of Jerusalem. We learn about the escape ...

  • Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry

    We start with the world of Jesus’ youth after the death of Herod the Great. We delve into the Roman occupation and its impact on the Jewish people. We learn about John the Baptizer and his ministry of repentance in the wilderness. We experience the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River and his tes...

  • Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee

    Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to his hometown of Nazareth, where his own people ultimately rejected him. We travel with Jesus to the Sea of Galilee, where he later settled in Capernaum. We explore the ruins of the synagogue and the house of Peter at Capernaum, and we walk the shores o...

  • Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles

    We visit Chorazin, another location in Jesus’ ministry. We examine Cana and the first miracle performed by Jesus at a wedding feast. We learn about ancient Jewish weddings and other cultural rituals. We follow Jesus to Jerusalem, where he occasionally travelled during special Jewish festivals. He...

  • Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority

    We travel to Samaria and learn about the history of the Samaritans. We learn the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. We again travel to Jerusalem and investigate two pools where Jesus performed special miracles. We learn that Jesus brings Living Water. We hear Jesus proclaim himself as the ...

  • Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount

    We visit the hillsides of Galilee and hear Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount. We walk the Mount of the Beatitudes and explore many of Jesus’ radically new teachings. We learn about salted fish at Magdala and Roman roads at Hippos. We delve into Jesus' use of parables, including many of the mo...

  • Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee

    Jesus chose twelve apostles from his group of followers. We spend time on the Sea of Galilee and see Jesus calm the waves as he traveled the ancient harbors. We visit Bethsaida and learn about the feeding of 5,000 Jews. We visit the region of the Decapolis and investigate the feeding of 4,000 Gen...

  • Episode 11: Jesus Travels North

    We travel north to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus started to wrap-up his public ministry. We hear Peter’s Confession and Jesus’ powerful response. We witness a mountaintop miracle known as the Transfiguration, and we investigate two locations for this event. We learn about a number of coins refer...

  • Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem

    Jesus journeyed for the last time to Jerusalem. On his way, he spent time with children and confronted a rich young ruler. We are reminded of the “clash of kingdoms” between God and man. We spend time with Mary and Martha in Bethany and experience the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We meet Cai...

  • Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem

    Jesus visited Jericho on his final approach to Jerusalem. We experience the accounts of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Mary anointed Jesus at Simon’s house in Bethany, and Jesus borrowed a donkey at Bethphage. We witness the Triumphal Entry of Jesus through the Go...

  • Episode 14: The Last Supper

    Jesus looked ahead to later times, when not one stone will be left standing at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Judas iscariot set his terms of betrayal with the religious leaders, while the other apostles prepared the Upper Room for Passover. We experience the Last Supper between Jesus and his clo...

  • Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus

    Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the religious leaders. Jesus was taken before the high priests, including Annas and Caiaphas. He was denied three times by Peter. Jesus was taken before Herod Antipas and Pontius Pilate. He was convicted of blasphe...

  • Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus

    We experience the horrible torture of Jesus and his agonizing execution just outside the walls of Jerusalem. We examine the nature of crucifixion and the importance of Jesus’ death. We explore Jesus’ seven statements from the cross. We investigate the locations for Golgotha and the tomb of Joseph...

  • Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus

    We share in the excitement of an empty tomb three days after Jesus’ death, visiting Jerusalem to investigate the accounts of the Resurrection. We explore the Jewish and Roman responses to such a miraculous event. We walk the Road to Emmaus and witness certain followers’ reaction to the resurrecte...

  • Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

    We finish with the four faces of the Gospels, the different biographical perspectives on the life of Jesus. We reexamine the Messianic prophecies and visit Qumran in the context of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What is the legacy of Jesus’ followers? What is the summary of the “Good News” of the Gospel a...