A BBC documentary in progress

Decorated stone from the Second Temple era Synagogue at Migdal

It would appear that Melvyn Bragg is making a documentary about the New Testament figure of Mary Magdalene for the BBC and has recently visited places in Israel and the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories as part of the process. 

Bragg writes on his BBC blog:

“The last few weeks have been fast motion. [….] Then there’s been filming […] in Israel and Palestine on Mary Magdalene – documentaries for the BBC …”

Among his descriptions of the region we find this: [emphasis added]

“In Bethlehem I went to a hill which overlooked the winery and the ever-extending Wall and settlements which have an air of fortresses.”

One can but hope that the finished documentary will manage to steer clear of such gratuitous, politically influenced exaggerations. 

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