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The Passover Plot: Special 40th Anniversary Edition

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Fascinating . . . lucidly written and carefully documented, it is a valuable addition to the library of anyone seeking to understand the origins of Christian faith. "Chicago Tribune"

Finally back in print, this special 40th anniversary edition of Dr. Schonfield s international multimillion-copy bestseller is set to rock the establishment view of the life of Jesus all over a
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Disinformation Company (first published January 1st 1965)
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Aug 06, 2008 Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religiosity
This was so ludicrous that I just had to finish it. The Passover plot revolves around Jesus planning his own "resurrection" by resuscitation. It all would have worked perfectly except that he was pierced on the cross by one of the soldiers. The disciples wanted so badly to believe in a resurrection anyway that they convinced themselves that they saw him after his death and that's how Christianity began. Much silliness.
Antonio V
Jan 04, 2015 Antonio V rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Schonfield commits the one sin never to be forgiven in the serious scholar: appropriating the ideas of an earlier scholar and claiming them as his own "new" discoveries.

The first significant clue that Schonfield is preparing to recycle old ideas and present them as his own "original" research lies in his bibliography. Any serious researcher attempting an investigation into the "real" Jesus must begin with Albert Schweitzer's "The Quest of the Historical Jesus." Although over a century old, Schwe
Dec 30, 2008 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A most amazing little book by a Jewish scholar who has extensively studied all available sources over the life and work of Jesus.
His main point is that we can only begin to understand how Jesus saw himself if we learn more about the messianic beliefs that were very strong in his time and place. Jesus saw himself as the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament; but what does that mean? Schonfield explains it all. One thing is does *not* mean is any claim to divinity. Jesus did *not* see himself as
Jan 21, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This life of Jesus by H.J.Schonfield was controversial at the time of publication.

It displays much erudition, and it is an enjoyable read even for the layman.

Not that I agree with everything that is written here. For example I don't agree with the author that the timing of the birth of Jesus was an act of God, but then I don't believe in Gods in any shape or form. So I can hardly believe that.

I would take issue with the author on the central theme that Jesus connived his own death to fulfill som
Sep 16, 2012 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, history
The copy on the back of the paperback version of this book I have was some hilariously sensationalized bits about the SHOCKING REVELATIONS THAT WILL SHATTER YOUR FAITH contained within. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the academic tone actually struck by the writer.

Schonfield feels smart and affable when discussing the way we have to re-evaluate our understanding of ancient times in light of the Dead Sea scrolls, and his discussion of the eschatology of Judaism during the time of Jesus was int
Erik Graff
Oct 17, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons who have read the bible
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: religion
I read this book prior to having read the bible in its entirety and, so, with a rather naive acceptance of Dr. Schonfield's arguments and evidences. From this perspective, the book is provocative and fun, an easy read.

Now, knowing a bit more, Schonfield's arguments are no longer compelling. At best he makes a plausible case much as a novelist would if treating of the life of Jesus. From a scholarly perspective, he is too dependent on the biblical texts themselves and too ready to stretch such ev
D Scullion
This book is an interesting read, but as with a lot of books on revisionist theology a lot of it is pure speculation and opinion based.
Aug 13, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is divided into two sections: the first speculative, and the second a historical background to the writing of the gospels. The second section is by far the better, as it sticks to a more academic style. The first section is unfortunately very difficult to take seriously. The idea that large parts of the New Testament were composed largely to give credence to the prophecies in the Old Testament is valid, but the suggestion that Jesus planned everything that happened in Passion Week, righ ...more
May 26, 2008 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
He brings up some interesting ideas, but he doesn't offer strong support for how much creedence he lends to various source material.
Feb 10, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like others have said, this book was written like a doctoral thesis on Jesus was/is. There was a lot of historical, cultural and biographical information that I found helpful in gaining a greater understanding of what was happening during the life amd death of Jesus.

I found myself fluctuating between wanting to rate this book as a 3 or 4 or 5. The historical and cultural information is fantastic. He gives us so much information that can help us gain a better understanding of the life and times
Lee Harmon
Jul 03, 2013 Lee Harmon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As long as this influential book has been around, I’m just now getting around to reading it. The problem, for me, was the title; somehow, it just seemed hard for me to take it seriously.

It is, however, an interesting and thoughtful picture of the historical Jesus. Jesus is portrayed as a keen judge of human character, shrewdly manipulating both friend and foe with utmost precision to orchestrate his own death, because that was the messianic prophecy which most rang true to him.

The “plot,” howeve
Fascinating account of the cultural milieu in which Christ lived, an historical rendering of the tensions inherent in the times. The 'plot'...? interesting... leads one to think you ought to read more extensively the writings of the first 2 centuries A.D. These were all people, after all.

"The Passover Plot shows us the historical evidence that Jesus was a mortal man, a young genius who believed himself to be the Messiah and deliberately and brilliantly planned his entire ministry according to th
May 06, 2009 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is a scholarly look at the life and death of the man who came to be known as Christ. There are many facts and fictions in this piece, but most of what is there is very interesting IF you can slog through the fact that it reads like a doctoral dissertation. This IS NOT a quick, fun read. This IS a book that will have me asking more questions about what I learned both in church and in school.

I would have given it a higher rating except that I had thought from the description of the book that
Apr 22, 2011 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on a whim in the bargain section of B&N one day. Contrary to the impression given by the title, the book is surprisingly benign and interesting to read. Several chapters in, he is approaching the life of Jesus as though Jesus were a mortal man who simply, and sincerely, believed himself to be the messiah. The author states that this belief was no ploy on Jesus' part, that he was not lying, but that he was extremely intelligent and very serious about what he believed to ...more
Schonfield gave me an alternative way to see biblical stories. Although long ago I had shifted to a view that the Bible could be appreciated as allegory, literature and a version of history, "The Passover Plot" opened me to alternative explanations of The New Testament's account.

Maybe the King James version was correct, but it had always seemed open to serious questioning. Schonfield provides rational explanations closer to my experience with human nature than the sanitized version I learned in
A very stimulating non-fiction book that examines the background -- political, religious, and otherwise -- behind the scenes of stories in the Bible that are familiar to most Westerners.
I want to read this a second time to absorb all the ideas that are tossed around.
The lack of paper documentation of the Jewish history of the time is due largely to the attempt by the Romans to exterminate the Jewish people circa 66 AD and 70 AD, when the temple was converted into a pagan shrine, the mass suici
Kai Palchikoff
Nov 16, 2014 Kai Palchikoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Jul 31, 2011 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Places Jesus in the context of Jews/Rome and their friction. And, the Jews yearning for the Messiah of Prophecy. Postulates Jesus meticulously conformed his behavior to prophecy in order to fulfill prophecy. Postulates Jesus staged his death on the cross with the help of an administered drug and was rescued but then subsequently died due to his side being lanced.
Apr 13, 2009 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
incredibly interesting book, takes a scholarly look at the ancient texts in light of the periods in which they were written and tries to paint a picture of a more human Jesus that still fits within the writings of his life in order to bring Jesus to a more modernly available place
May 26, 2012 Yeshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read! The author has plausible explanations for the last week of Jesus life.
Be prepared to disagree!
The author challenges Christian understanding of the "Jewishness of Jesus!"
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this years ago, and found it very intriguing. I ought to re-read it in light of all the new theories about the life of Jesus that abound now.
Apr 02, 2007 Talya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most definitive historical look at Jesus and the real spiritual, religious and political climate in which he grew and lived. Awesome read!
Jan 26, 2015 Cyberpope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read; he makes good points to support the idea that Jesus planned his crucifixion & resurrection. . .
A. Gilberto Carvalho
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Jan 22, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nicole by: John Lennon
Definitely packed with interesting information, definitely dry, academic reading.
Jun 06, 2016 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theo-jesus
Makes you wonder; what really happened????
Jun 11, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Drier than the dead sea scrolls.
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