New Film: Politics Behind the Crucifixion

Three years ago, Prof. Barrie Wilson and I published a book titled “The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene” (Pegasus / Canada HarperCollins). It is based on a 1400-year-old manuscript in the British Library. Much of this encoded Gospel deals with Jesus’ personal life. But one part provides the politics behind the crucifixion. In the Gospels, it seems that from the moment of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion, only five days elapsed. In contrast, this manuscript expands “Holy Week” into six months! It resolves all sorts of unexplained inconsistencies in the Gospels; for example, why was Jesus not arrested by the Romans when he created a riot in the Temple, by overturning the tables of the currency exchangers? Why was he treated like a political hot potato, passed from the Temple High Priest, to the Roman-appointed Jewish ruler, to the Roman governor himself… and back again? If Jesus wasn’t arrested when he caused trouble, why was he arrested when he caused none? Our book reveals the high-level Roman politics that surrounded Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

And now… the movie!

Tomorrow night, on PBS in the United States (April 4th) @ 8PM/7C “The Last Days of Jesus” will have its premiere. It’s based, in part, on our book and is sure to cause some lively debate and, hopefully, throw some light on one of the most important events in human history.

“The greatest story ever told” will now be told in a way that it’s never been told before.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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  • Roy Kay

    Thank you for a non-theological account of Jesus’ ministry and death. Your film is a breathe of fresh air on these topics. Your focus on Jesus’ discipleship to John and his continuation of his master’s (and cousin’s) gospel – Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand – is the stuff of history not theology. Moreover the political relationships among the various Roman, Jewish and non-Jewish characters adds a human element to the story. Lastly, I concur with the new timeline. Sukkot is the festival of luluv, etrog and the Messiah. A fall entry to Jerusalem makes more sense than one in the spring. I have been frustrated with CNN’s “Finding Jesus” due to its inability to present Jesus as a man, a first century Galilean Jew, who die like many other Palestinian Jewish messianic figures of the first century and early second century.