LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER SCENE RE-EDIT
To produce a series such as “Following the Messiah”, the entire Appian Media team spent months in research, technical preparation and location coordination. This level of effort is necessary if we are to achieve our goal of being Biblically and historically accurate.
In Episode 9, we visited the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, which is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. We went there for two purposes: first, we wanted to climb to the top of the bell tower and show the beautiful view of the city and in particular, the view of the domes atop the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Second, we wanted to travel beneath the building to look at the excavations that are taking place.
John 19:20 tells us that “the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city”. Historians record that the “Second City Wall” of first-century Jerusalem was located in the area of the Church of the Redeemer. This is important as it would give more evidence to the idea that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre sits on the traditional site of Golgotha, just outside the city.
For many years, scholars believed that the exposed rock wall in the basement of the church was part of these first-century city walls. This belief, along with other things that we read in our research, convinced us to film the scene in the basement of the Church of the Redeemer and mention this wall.
However, since the release of the video, additional information has come to light that has caused us to reevaluate our conclusion concerning the authenticity of the wall. To that end, we have updated part of this scene to reflect what we now believe to be true.
Truth and integrity are the foundation for Appian Media. To that, we are completely dedicated. We appreciate all of the encouragement and support that we have received during the past two years. And rest assured that we strive everyday to make sure everything we create is not only Biblically and historically accurate, but also reflective of the light all of us are to be in the world.
The Appian Media Team