New PDF release: Appointment in Jerusalem

By Max Dimont

ISBN-10: 0759208352

ISBN-13: 9780759208353

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Does it not seem more probable, he argues, that the Romans ordered the Jews to arrest Jesus and then bring him to Pilate? This interpretation would tally with John’s account that Jesus had been arrested by a cohort of Roman soldiers and held during the night by the Jews without any charges pressed against him. We can now view the events after the “cleansing of the Temple,” with new insight. The situation in Jerusalem was fraught with danger. For almost a week Jesus had been preaching his doctrine of a new kingdom that could be interpreted by the Romans only as sedition.

There is an interesting passage in Matthew’s account of the trial that may have echoes in Shakespeare. Matthew informs us that Pilate has a wife in Jerusalem whose name (legend tells us) is Procula. 5 Some literary critics think that this play is a symbolic recapitulation of the trial of Jesus—Antonio representing Jesus, Shylock the stand-in for Jehovah, and Portia modeled on Procula. 4 Even though her intercession was for naught, the Greek Orthodox Church canonized her. She did not, however, make the Vatican social register of saints.

The moment scholars dared to examine Gospel events critically, the evangelists’ accounts began to shatter, as new facts placed old assumptions in jeopardy. Let us now join the scholars of this new school of higher biblical criticism in their quest for the historical Jesus. 16 Max I. Dimont—Appointment in Jerusalem [e-reads] 3 Four saints in a fight for the Gospel truth T he question of a historical Jesus was not raised until after the Reformation. Even Martin Luther sided with the popes in their view that there was no need to analyze either the Old or New Testaments.

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