The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Sean Garrett

Book Cover

GENRE

RELIGIOUS

    Core Theme

    MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS.

    TIME PERIOD

    17th Century or Earlier

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

    CHARACTER LIST

    JESUS CHRIST. 30S. LEAD. COMMANDING, MAGICAL, FORGIVING, STRICT.

    PONTIUS PILATE. 40. GOVERNOR FOR ROME AND JUDGE OF JESUS.

    CAIAPHAS. 45-60. A CHIEF ACCUSER OF JESUS WHO WOULD HAVE HIM EXECUTED.

    NICODEMUS. 50. A DEFENDER OF JESUS.

    JOSEPH. 35. A DISCIPLE OF JESUS WHOM HE SAVES.

    SATAN. ETERNAL. THE FALLEN ANGEL WHO REIGNS IN HELL AND IS AGAINST JESUS.

    Logline

    Roman governor Pontius Pilate is cast unwittingly into a religious battle between Jesus & the Jewish priests. Pilate's worst fears are realized, three days later, when he hears rumors that Jesus has been resurrected, and he realizes the role he's played in unjustly putting to death the son of God.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Jerusalem, Rome

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Sean Garrett

    Year Published: 2013

    Starting Description

    This is the untold story of Pontius Pilate. It begins where "The Passion of Christ" left off, with Pilate innocently sentencing Jesus to be crucified, & set in motion the events that shaped the modern religious world. It's based on stories found in, The Lost Books of the Bible (Gramercy ed., 1979).

    Ending Description

    Despite every attempt to understand his role in Jesus' death, Pilate faces the consequences of his actions in a letter to Tiberius Caesar. After receiving the letter, Tiberius issues a decree that Pilate must be arrested & put on trial in Rome, for Jesus' death, and for treason against the empire.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0-9898817-0-8

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Pontius Pilate

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Nicodemus

    Age: 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken,Religious,Aggressive,Engaging,Faithful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Annas & Caiaphas

    Age: 45 to 60+ years old

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Villainous,Narcisstic,Religious,Desperate,Aggressive,Complex,Leader,Power Hungry,Manipulative

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Joseph of Arimathaea

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Strong Moral Code,Religious,Selfless,Outspoken

    Development Pitch

    This story, for me, can be easily seen as the continuation of, "The Passion of Christ". This story is founded on the true story of Jesus Christ, from the Book of Nicodemus, [The Lost Books of the Bible (Gramercy, 1979 ed.)]. That fact alone, makes this story the 'most unique' story ever told about the trial of Jesus. This story has the potential to appeal to audiences around the world simply because it is a new retelling of the same old story. The personal journey is told through Pilate, who was an eye-witness to the astounding miracles that took place in Jerusalem during (and after) the time that Jesus lay dying. Despite all that, it wouldn't be until three days later, that Pilate's world would turn upside down, when he confirms the rumors that Jesus has been seen resurrected from the dead. This story works best as a screen play because of the vivid & detailed descriptions found throughout the development of the storyline. From the court trial, to the miracles at Jesus' death, to the harrowing conflict of Pilate (and other events), this is a great story to be adapted into a movie or screen play. There are characters & subplots that make this an interesting, "unique", well-written & developed story. It has the potential to capture the imagination of religious & non-religious audiences around the world. Producers who share an interest in the historical & visual aspects of this story, deserve to see it made into a movie!

    Genre

    DRAMA, RELIGION

    Brief

    Pontius Pilate is brought Jesus Christ to trial because he claims he is the Son of God. Pilate feels he is innocent but the Jews are calling for his crucifixion. After he is killed, Pilate learns that Jesus rose from the dead and is reaffirmed of his innocence. Pilate is brought to trial by Cesar for killing Jesus and is beheaded.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile reflects a small part of the story. The profile focuses on Pontius Pilate's reflection on his part in Jesus Christ's death. Most of the story focuses on the trial, the Jews who are persecuting Jesus and the events in Heaven and Hell after Jesus dies and when he rises on the third day.

    Draw of Story

    The story gives a different perspective to a well known Bible story and the whole basis of Christianity. Pilate is humanized which gives the crucifixion of Jesus more complexities and gray areas. Whether this strays from the Bible, I am not certain, however, it gives more depth to the Roman and focuses on the Jews being the main element to killing Jesus Christ.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The book tries to mimic Biblical vernacular which is difficult to read in long form specifically the letters written by Pilate. It should be written in layman's terms for better understanding. The story takes a long moment away from Pontius Pilate , giving a look at what happens to Jesus when he descends to Hell. While interesting, it breaches from the plot of Pilate's viewpoint of the events with Jesus and his involvement in it. There should be less time spent on the additional characters like the Devil.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook is that Pontius Pilate deals with the aftermath of his decision to crucify Jesus when he felt he was innocent. I would watch the movie for the different perspective on Pontius Pilate and how the events of Jesus dying and rising might affect his life.

    Fanbase Potential

    This wouldn't have a large fanbase. As is, it would cater to the religious audience even though the story does take liberties from the Bible story. If it didn't focus on Jesus as much then it might be more appealing to main audiences.

    Awards Potential

    This could have awards potential. There is room for great character development which would be an opportunity for a competent actor. The story would need more focus on the Pontius Pilate and dive more into his emotions around his actions.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    CENTURION, PASSION OF THE CHRIST

    What’s New About the Story

    The story is original because it is taken a well known story and changed the main perspective. Jesus' crucifixion is the pinnacle of the Christian faith but the focus is Jesus and his suffering. Pontius Pilate ordered the crucifixion but he was pressured by the Jews. It is interesting to see how events could have gone differently and how Pilates' decision changed his life.

    Lead Characters

    Pontius Pilate stands out because of the humanity he displays. He is different from the original narrative, showing his uncertainty with his decision and the powers influencing him. He was not a hammer that enacted immediate judgement. The character could have more depth. The audience knows he is unsure about Jesus' innocence but its very surface.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is an interesting story that could be a gem if developed further. The target audience remains to be seen as films based on religious texts do not always find mainstream success.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Streaming, Indie TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    This story is a consider because it is a fresh and introspective perspective on a well known story. It takes a look at the enemies view on Jesus and his persecution. The world of the story needs to be expanded as well Pontius Pilate and his life to give more depth to the story.

    Brief

    Pontius Pilate has brought Jesus Christ to trial because he claims he is the Son of God. Pilate feels he is innocent but the Jews are calling for his crucifixion. After he is killed, Pilate learns that Jesus rose from the dead and is reaffirmed of his innocence. Pilate is brought to trial by Cesar for killing Jesus and is beheaded.

    What We Liked

    The core story of the Judeo-Christian lore, the judgement of Jesus Christ and his resurrection are the most important aspects of the most popular and influential book of all time, that is often called the greatest story ever told. The journey of Jesus from Earth to heaven is as epic as it gets. The characters are the embodiment of pure good vs. pure evil with those who vacillate between the two sides.

    With fantastical settings, including heaven and hell, seeing this come to life on the screen would certainly be a enormous feat that is attainable with modern technology. Whether deemed fact or fiction, there is probably no piece of literature with a larger built-in audience. This part of the Judeo-Christian story is the most inherently dramatic and cinematic, and the characters would attract top actors, writers, and directors as have previous films about the Bible.

    Key points:
    Enormous fan base
    Epic settings
    Timeless characters
    The highest of stakes
    Huge conflict

    Synopsis

    Pontius Pilate, a Governor in the Roman Empire, is working in his office on the day Jesus is to be crucified. He writes a letter to Tiberius Caesar about this man handed over to him by the Jerusalem Jews. Jesus is accused of declaring the Hebrew Sabbath not a day for rest and naming himself Lord of the Sabbath. Pilate claims to have witnessed miracles by Jesus, including curing the sick and raising a man from the dead. He is distressed about having to judge him. Caiaphas, the chief accuser, says that Jesus performed these wicked deeds on the Sabbath and is a conjurer. Caiaphas is offended by a messenger who fetches Jesus, and by ensigns who hold their flags for him - whose flags bent of their own will toward Jesus. Pilate orders the Jews to pick their 12 strongest men to hold the Roman flags and summons Jesus back. The flag poles again bend themselves toward Jesus. Pilate’s wife, Procla, tells him Jesus is innocent since she had dreams about this. The Jews accuse Jesus of conjuring visions for Procla. They accuse Jesus of being born of fornication, while others testify that this is not true. Pilate says he finds no fault in Jesus, and the Jews should try him themselves. They reply that they are forbidden to put anyone to death. They say Jesus said he would destroy their temple and raise it back up again in three days. Nicodemus testifies that Jesus performed miracles like Moses did and they come from God and he is not worthy of death. An older Jew testifies that Jesus cured him, but Caiaphas points out that this was done illegally since it was on the Sabbath. Another man testifies that Jesus cured his blindness. Many others testify that Jesus cured them. The Jews are angry. They yell for him to be crucified. They say that if Jesus claims to be a king, is he king over Caesar? Pilate angrily tells the Jews that they have always been seditious, and points out all the miracles Moses did for them in the name of God. Then, Pilate sentences Jesus (and two thieves with him) to be whipped and crucified. He is led through the streets and a crown of thorns is put on his head as he is cursed and attacked with stones by the mob as well as the Roman soldiers who were present at the trial. Pilate writes “King of the Jews” on the cross meant for Jesus. Mary and Mary Magdelene stand by the cross while the crowd mocks Jesus and tells him to save himself. The sun is eclipsed by the moon. The temple falls into a chasm and dead people rise up and walk through Jerusalem. Jesus eventually cries out, “My Lord, my Lord, why have you forsaken me?” and his spirit leaves his body. The sun comes back out.

    Pilate feels guilty about what he had done, and he weeps. He calls back the leaders of the Jews and asks them if they saw the miracles - the eclipse and the walking dead - that happened when Jesus died. The Jews deny these events. Nicodemus and a disciple named Joseph take Jesus’s body for a Hebrew burial. When they lay his body on the ground, it causes a great earthquake. The temple stands again and Caiaphas tries to downplay any of the miracles that occurred when Jesus died. He is afraid of the body being stolen, asks Pilate to station guards outside of the tomb for three days and he agrees. On the third morning, the heavens open up and shine multi-colored lights down on the tomb. Two beings descend from heaven and the stone to the tomb rolls away and the beings take Jesus out. A voice from heaven asks if he preached to the guards that didn’t wake up and a voice (Jesus) responds that he did. Another man descends from heaven, enters the tomb, and does not come out. The guards go back to report this to Pilate. Pilate believes them, and is persuaded to order the guards not to repeat anything they say, lest those who spoke against Jesus, who must be the son of God, be punished by his followers. Mary Magdelene and a group of women go to the tomb to attend to the body, and find it open. A glorious man sits there and asks them if they are there for Jesus, and when they say yes he tells them that he has gone to where he’s meant to be. Mary weeps, wondering what was done with the body. Two angels sit where his body was. Mary doesn’t recognize a third man, then realizes it is Jesus when he speaks, and she rejoices and goes to tell all of his disciples that he will ascend to heaven. Pilate writes another letter to Caesar, telling him everything that occurred. Joseph is arrested by the Jews who spoke against Jesus. Joseph tells them that the wrath of God will fall upon them and their people, and, enraged, they throw him into a cell to await execution. Jesus comes to him, and when Joseph doesn’t believe it’s truly him, Jesus shows him his empty tomb then sends him to live in his own house to evade the Jews. A Roman soldier who guarded the tomb reports to Caiaphas and Annas all that transpired at the tomb and they charge him with finding Jesus, and the soldiers counter that they should find Joseph who also magically disappeared under their guard. They pay the soldiers to keep quiet about what they’d witnessed.

    Jesus tells his eleven disciples to go forth and preach the gospel and baptize whoever believes and they shall be saved. The Roman soldiers relate all that happened at the tomb to Pilate. The Jews find Joseph and write him a kind letter to bring him to the temple. Pilate and his wife go look for Jesus to verify that he has risen from death, and they find him and prostrate themselves before him and beg forgiveness, which he gives. Joseph regales the Jews with how Jesus freed him from his cell. Other men testify to hearing Jesus speak to his eleven disciples. Only Annas is still skeptical, and Joseph tells him of two men who have been resurrected, and Annas commands them to be found. Charinus and Lenthius are found and brought to the temple and asked how they were resurrected. They write their story. They were in hell when their father came to them and testified about Jesus. So did John the Baptist. The Archangel Michael, Seth, and his father Adam appeared as well and spoke of how Jesus will anoint those who believe and raise them up to heaven. Seth says this will happen in 5,500 years.

    Hades calls Jesus a man who is afraid of death and says that he is coming to hell but he is so powerful that it doesn’t bode well for Satan. Satan says he will subjugate Jesus to both of them. They speak about Jesus resurrecting Lazarus, and Hades says that if he has this power he is afraid because Jesus is truly the almighty and doesn’t want him coming to hell. They hear the thunderous voice of Jesus command them to open their gates, and Hades tells Satan to leave and fight Jesus. The saints in hell revolt, and tell them to open their gates for Jesus, as was prophesied. Jesus breaks down the gates and appears, lighting parts of hell that were dark, and Death asks him who is he to come and do this to free men who have committed original sin? Jesus destroys Death, releases all the people, and takes Adam and they ascend to heaven. Beelzebub chastises Satan for crucifying innocent Jesus and bringing him to their realm and leaving no men left for them to subjugate. Jesus gives Beelzebub power over Satan, and Adam leads the saints in prostrating themselves and praising Jesus.

    Charinus and Lenthinus testify to Annas, Caiaphas, and the crowd at the temple, then disappear after handing over their identical written account of what they witnessed. These are read aloud. After this, the crowds leave the temple to mourn Jesus. Nicodemus and Joseph relate the account to Pilate, including what happened in hell. Astonished, Pilate goes to the temple and orders Caiaphas and Annas to open their great book and relate all that was written about Jesus. Pilate is convinced that he is King of the Jews, but not sure if he is the son of God. Back in his office, he reads a letter from his friend Herod, who writes that his daughter is dead, his wife blind in one eye, and he himself is soon to die - and this is God’s judgement for Herod’s wickedness, including having John the Baptist beheaded. Pilate writes back and tells Herod all that has transpired between him and Jesus and that he holds Herod responsible for forcing him to judge Jesus. Pilate writes to Caesar about the earth swallowing the temple and the dead rising up. Caesar orders Pilate to be arrested and brought before him for judgement. Pilate blames the Jews for his judgement of Jesus. When Caesar says the name of Jesus aloud, an earthquake shakes the building and the statues of the Roman gods all crumble down and people flee. Caesar writes a decree condemning the Jews of Jerusalem and sentences Pilate to death by beheading for treason. Pilate sits in his cell and contemplates his actions. He prays to Jesus for forgiveness, and Jesus tells him he will stand with him in his second coming. When he is beheaded, his wife Procla is the only one to see the angel that descends from heaven to take Pilate’s head.

    About The Author

    The author has worked in public education for 21 years. He has an MA degree in philosophy from Cal State Los Angeles, and his love of writing is facilitated through his study of philosophy & religion.