- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Anne Bancroft plays Mary Magdalene and is better known as Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate, which makes the following line from the Simon & Garfunkel song "Mrs Robinson", particularly funny if you remember The Da Vinci Code:"And here's to you, Mrs Robinson/Jesus loves you more than you will know . . ."
- One Judean workman more or less says "What have the Romans ever done for us?"
- James Earl Jones has the part of Balthazar, one of the holy kings. His benevolent way of expressing himself gets hilarious when we remember what his voice is best known for - in another movie also released in 1977.
- Anne Bancroft plays Mary Magdalene and is better known as Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate, which makes the following line from the Simon & Garfunkel song "Mrs Robinson", particularly funny if you remember The Da Vinci Code:
- Moral Event Horizon: Herod the Great crosses this line when he orders the Massacre of the Innocents.
- One-Scene Wonder:
- In the long run, Peter Ustinov as Herod the Great is hardly in the series, but he is completely unforgettable.
- Sir Ralph Richardson as Simeon appears in two very brief scenes but really stands out.
- Tear Jerker: When watching Jesus' crucifixion, Nicodemus recites the 'Suffering Servant' passage from Isaiah. He just sounds so helpless and defeated, and the passage itself is already in Tear Jerker territory without an emotional Laurence Olivier saying it. As the King James Bible puts it:He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as if it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried out sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, nether was any deceit in his mouth.
- In fact, the whole Crucifixion scene counts.
YMMV / Jesus of Nazareth