Howes Cave, N.Y. -- When the production crew for an upcoming Easter special was looking for a cave to replicate the burial place for a new documentary on Jesus Christ, they came to Howe Caverns. On March 30, the premiere of the documentary in which Howe Caverns plays a role, The Real Face of Jesus?, will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on The History Channel. "They chose the entrance to the Winding Way to serve as Jesus' tomb," said General Manager Robert Holt. The crew also filmed a scene on an early November morning which depicts Jesus walking on the frosty fields on the Howe Caverns Estate, with the mist and the sun rising. "This scene," said Tour Manager Jeff DeGroff who accompanied the crew, "actually looks as if Jesus is walking in the desert." The production uses modern technology and an ancient cloth to reveal The Real Face of Jesus?, according to information from The History Channel (HISTORYTM). The two-hour premiere, the channel notes, "is a quest no one has ever before attempted." The journey features a team of graphic experts who seek to bring to life the image contained on the holy relic that many believe to be Jesus' shroud. According to Jewish tradition, Jesus would have been placed in a burial cave and wrapped in linen. He would have remained there for a year. However, Christian belief is that after three days, he resurrected from the dead. In the program, science and religion join together, "bringing cutting-edge computer technology to an ancient stretch of fabric, and creating a living, moving 3D image of the man many believe to be Jesus Christ," The History Channel notes. Will the team's work reveal The Real Face of Jesus? "This documentary feature may bring us the closest we have ever come to seeing what Jesus actually looked like, states The History Channel, adding: "You have to really seek the face of Jesus if you're going to find it. Something extraordinary had happened here. Something beyond human reason."
***Howe Caverns is located between Albany and Cooperstown, off I-88 at Exit 22. Howe Caverns is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April through October. From November through March, the hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 518-296-8900 or visit http://www.howecaverns.com/.
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