The story of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth and teachings to his crucifixion and resurrection.
George Stevens presents his monumental adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ (von Sydow). The film concentrates on the most familiar episodes of the biblical story, including the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Herod's (Ferrer) decree of the execution of all male children in Judea, and the Holy family's escape into Egypt. It continues as Christ encounters John the Baptist (Heston) searches for the Twelve Apostles, and raises Lazarus (Tolan), while John the Baptist is executed. It concludes with Jesus' expulsion of the moneylenders from the temple, the instruction of the Apostles at the Last Supper, Christ's betrayal by Judas (David McCallum), the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.