“From the people that brought you The Bible,” the trailer says, using a line that is just begging to be taken out of context. So it goes in the new ad for History Channel’s Jesus: His Life.
The four-part series will tell the story of the gospels using an on-the-ground approach. The trailer treats numerous historical figures from the gospels like they’re sources in a documentary, explaining the series will tell the story of Christ from the perspective of “those who knew him best,” including Pontius Pilate, Mary, Joseph and Judas.
The trailer doesn’t really give away much as to how key moments in Jesus’ life will be depicted, such as his birth and crucifixion, but it does tell us the episodes will each focus on a different figure adjacent to Jesus. It’s a unique way to tell the story that hopefully sets Jesus: His Life apart from other Christ-centered biopics and miniseries.
The eight episodes of Jesus: His Life will air in four parts on History Channel beginning March 25.