This week on “Around the World,” we have another exclusive sneak preview of Christiane Amanpour’s very personal journey for her two-part ABC News special, “Back to the Beginning.”
It’s a journey in the footsteps of Moses, who received the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, in one of the most well-known stories from the Bible. Christiane and her 12-year-old son Darius travel to the Sinai Desert in Egypt where the current political situation makes for a perilous hours-long trip through the arid plains. Setting out in the middle of the night, they make the arduous trek up to the 7,500-foot peak of Mount Sinai, still a challenge for the modern-day traveler.
“Back to the Beginning” is a journey back in time to explore the history and the mysteries of some of the oldest stories ever told: those of Abraham and Moses, King David and Jesus. Christiane and Darius visit the great sites common to the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In exploring the ancient stories, they embark on an experience that takes them from the remotest corners of Turkey through the Middle East and even to the American heartland.
Tune in to the second part of “Back to the Beginning” on your local ABC station on Friday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The first part of the miniseries can be found at http://abcnews.go.com/International/back_to_the_beginning/