Max I. Dimont Appointment in Jerusalem

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Appointment in Jerusalem

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Biblical historian Max Dimont, author of the classic JEWS, GOD, AND HISTORY, explores the mystery surrounding the predictions Jesus made abouthis fate. Examining the gospel, Dimont recreates the drama in three acts using his knowledge of the events recorded in the Bible. Thoughtful and fascinating, APPOINTMENT IN JERUSALEM, examines the questions that have surrounded religion for centuries. Who was Jesus, the Christian messiah ora member of a Jewish Sect? Dimont's insight is intelligent and surprising.

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Max I. Dimont’s Jews, God, and History, with more than a million and a half copies in print, has been acclaimed the “best popular history of the Jews written in the English language.” It answers the questions of the layman searching for an interpretation and understanding of events and facts covering four thousand years of Jewish and world history. The author’s unique approach to his subject is continued in The Indestructible JewsThe Jews in America, and The Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People. His last book, Appointment in Jerusalem, was published, after twenty years of research, shortly before his death in 1992.

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An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying introduction to some disparate scholarly theories about the historical Jesus. Dimont (The Jews in America, 1978, etc.) argues that modern scholarship has augmented traditional Pauline interpretations of the life of Jesus with more esoteric theories. He delineates six of these theories that, together with the conventional Christian understanding, comprise the ``seven faces of Jesus.'' The faces include: ``Jesus the Zealot,'' who led an abortive patriotic Jewish rebellion against Roman rule; ``Jesus the Essene,'' who derived the Christian sacraments from Jewish monastic practice; a Jesus who, to enhance his own prestige, masterminded his own crucifixion and resurrection; and ``Jesus the Gnostic,'' who led a sex-oriented mystical cult (this variant, though receiving some support from ancient texts, Dimont dismisses abruptly as ``unhistorical''). Disappointingly, the author constantly alludes to the work of scholars without identifying them or describing their work in detail; he also arguably ducks an important responsibility by simply presenting these divergent hypotheses without making a historical case for any one theory. Nonetheless, Dimont raises many provocative questions about inconsistencies in the Gospel texts, disparities between references in the Gospels and historical practices of the Romans and ancient Jews, and new archaeological discoveries, and provides an excellent bibliography. A workmanlike though inconclusive and insufficiently rigorous introduction to a fascinating subject. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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