A look at the historic family name of Jesus, Panthera, and the modern debate that surrounds it.
The modern exploration of the historical Jesus has had its moments. The results are mixed: the tortured image in the movie The Passion of Christ, the sexually angst Messiah in the controversial Last Temptation of Christ, the married Jesus portrayed in the ABC television special, Jesus, Mary and Davinci, and the illegitimate son of a foreign soldier in the film Jesus of Montreal.
The last name of Jesus is an important factor in many of these conclusions. These results place the name into the realm of uncertainty that requires clarification.