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Dr. Michael Scott inside the Wadi Murabaat caves. He sets outs across the historic landscapes of the ancient world to discover how and why, in just 400 years, the little-known Judaic cult of Jesus rises from a persecuted minority to become the official religion of the Roman Empire.

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Jesus is arguably one of the most influential figures in history. But around 100 years after his death, a second, self-proclaimed messiah threatened Christianity. Historian Dr. Michael Scott reveals how Christianity survived.