More than 450 religious leaders and scholars evaluated the script to ensure historical and biblical accuracy. The script is closely based on Luke's Gospel, so almost every word Jesus speaks is from the Bible. Intense efforts to portray the Palestinian culture of nearly 2,000 years ago include: hand-woven clothing in only the 35 colors used then, pottery made with first-century methods, and removal of modern telephone poles and power lines from the landscape.
"JESUS" was filmed entirely at 202 locations in Israel in 1979, with a cast numbering more than 5,000 Israelis and Arabs. Whenever possible, scenes were filmed on the sites where they took place 2,000 years ago.