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Biblical historian Max Dimont, author of the classic JEWS, GOD, AND HISTORY, explores the mystery surrounding the predictions Jesus made about his 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 or a member of a Jewish Sect? Dimont's insight is intelligent and surprising.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Dec 19, 1999
ISBN 158586546X ISBN13 9781585865468
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More About Max I. Dimont
Max I. Dimont, author of The Indestructible Jews, The Jews in America, The Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People, and Appointment in Jerusalem, was born in Helsinki, Finland, and came to the United States in 1930. He taught himself English by reading Shakespeare's plays, the Bible, and American plays translated into Finnish. After serving in intelligence with the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked in public relations and employee relations for Edison Brothers Stores in St. Louis. Following the first publication of the bestselling Jews, God and History, he lectured extensively on Jewish history throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Finland until his death in 1992.
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Thought provoking Jul 7, 2006
Max Dimont's fourth book, Appointment in Jerusalem, is a thought provoking image of Jesus as a Zealot. His theory is extensive and he supports it well. Basically he claims that support can be found in six areas:
1. a. The disciples contain Zealots (e.g., Simon the Zealot, Judas the Daggerman, the Brothers of Thunder, and Peter-Simon bar Jonah). b. Jesus' instructions to them about how they are to act on the road suggests their status as Zealots and not apostles. c. The fact that they flee Jerusalem when Jesus is captured suggests they are Zealots afraid of arrest. Romans didn't arrest peaceful religious figures. d. They ways in which they are killed by the Romans suggests Zealots rather than apostles. The Romans rarely killed peaceful religious figures.
2. His entry into Jerusalem which has military overtones. a. The pre-arrangements (the colt) and the secret codes suggest military, not religious work. b. The cries of "Hosanna" which mean "save us" can be interpreted as a rebel cry rather than a religious one. c. The use of palm branches which were a symbol of military victory in the past.
3. The "cleansing" of the Temple a. Is more suggestive of a take-over than an incident. b. It shows a violent side to Jesus' behavior. c. The reference in Luke (13:4) about the blood spilled near the Tower suggests Zealot action.
4. The last supper. a. The pre-arrangements (e.g., the room, the man with the pot) and the secret codes again. b. The use of a cohort (400-600 men) to arrest him implies a response to Zealots, not priests. c. The references to disciples carrying swords and d. the attack on one of the soldiers
5. Barabbas is a. also a Zealot and b. his first name is Jesus and his last name means "son of the father" - is this a way of saying that Jesus is a Zealot?
6. The crucifixion alongside two Zealots
Dimont follows this interesting perspective with a discussion drawn almost wholly from Schoenfeld's Passover Plot. Then he traces the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls and discusses the relationship between the Essene Teacher of Righteousness and Jesus. From there he briefly describes the career of James and then covers Paul.
Of course, the book is not perfect. Here's a list of some of the errors:
Dimont believes Jesus was born in 1 AD. (p. xi) He doesn't explain his rationale which is probably good because there is no rationale for such a date. Perhaps he is taking an average from the popular dates of 6 BC and 6 AD for which there are rationales. Who knows?
Dimont had Jesus born in Nazareth (also p. xi). Again no rationale. Nazareth doesn't even qualify as the place where Jesus lived, much less his birthplace. Needless to say, Dimont says that Joseph was a carpenter (p. 12)
He says Jesus' ministry was less than a year and that he died in 30 AD at the age of 30. I'm beginning to think that Dimont is simply bad at math, so having him born and dead at 30 in 30 saves having to do the math from BC to AD. (Hint to Dimont - there is no year 0).
He says: "Matthew was a teacher who lived in Alexandria where he wrote his Gospel..." (p. 10). Perhaps he's interested in a bridge I have for sale?
Dimont claims that Jesus "ate only kosher food" (p. 14) Must have been at the Nazareth Deli.
He claims that the disciples are "also known as apostles" (p. 16). That's not true, of course. The disciples refer to the original 12 (although it was really 14, but who's counting), while the apostles refers to those who came after and preached the word of Jesus. Some disciples became apostles, but no apostles became disciples.
"When he [Jesus] appeared on the scene...there existed...two Judaisms side by side - one Sadducee, the other Pharisee..." (p. 48) Perhaps Dimont hasn't read Josephus with his discussion of the Essenes and the Zealots as well. And one could mention 20+ other sects too, although they were minor.
"Tacitus seems to take if for granted that Jesus was an armed Zealot." (p. 77). In fact, Tacitus never mentions the word Jesus but rather refers to Christus.
Bottom line. This is definitely a very thought provoking book. Even while it suffers from many errors, Dimont's main thesis is intriguing and well supported. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Christianity.