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Professor Geza Vermes

Professor Geza Vermes

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First broadcast: Sun 04 Jun 2000

Writer on religious history

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Professor Geza Vermes . When he wrote Jesus the Jew in the early 1970s, it shocked the Christian world. He continued to examine Jesus through three more books, drawing on his lifetime's study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Born in Hungary in the 1920s, his Jewish parents had converted to Catholicism, but it did not save them from the Nazis. He was ordained a Catholic priest, but returned his Jewish roots and his study of the religion and culture of first-century Palestine.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Peggy Lee

1.

Peggy Lee

It ain't necessarily so (from Porgy and Bess)

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Franz Lehár

2.

Franz Lehár

The Merry Widow

Soloist: Anita Gura & Peter Anders Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

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Nat King Cole

3.

Nat King Cole

Go down Moses (from A Child of our Time)

Choir: Choir of the 1st Church of Deliverance

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Johann Sebastian Bach

4.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale Prelude: Vater unser im Himmelreich

Soloist: Peter Hurford

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Béla Bartók

5.

Béla Bartók

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Gyorgy Lehel

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Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion - Und von der sechsten Stunde

Artist: Robert Tear & John Shirley Quirk

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Ludwig van Beethoven

7.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 'Kreutzer'

Soloist: Itzhal Perlman & Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Enrique Granados

8.

Enrique Granados

Tonadillas

Soloist: Andres Segovia

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Book

The Complete Works by Flavius Josephus

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Luxury item

Comfortable armchair/desk

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