My husband and I recently agonized through a two-hour PBS series called, "The Last Days of Jesus." Oh my gosh, we nearly fell off our chairs over the liberties they took in their twisting of the Gospel accounts! First of all, "Jesus" was apparently "just another man" (one of several "messiahs") who was confused about who he was and basically "took over" John the Baptist's responsibilities after John was beheaded.....
Oh, and these "scholars" also posited the idea that Y'shua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey...NOT for Pesach, but six months earlier during Sukkot - because you apparently can't get palm fronds at any other time besides Sukkot. (Well so much for Y'shua's lament about not being able to spend "this Passover" with his Apostles in Luke 22, right before his death, eh?)
Furthermore, they insisted the entire timeline was off because all these things that happened just before his death couldn't possibly have happened in such a short time. So, they came to the conclusion that he was in prison for at least six months before being crucified. Oyve!!!!
Oh, oh! I almost forgot! These scholars suggested that the reason Jesus wasn't arrested when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the Temple was because he HAD PERMISSION from the Roman leaders to do so!
The only GOOD thing about this pathetic documentary was that they didn't portray "Jesus" as some Casper Milk-Toast blond Adonis!
For almost two thousand years, the story of Jesus’ final days has been celebrated by Christians the world over. From Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through to his eventual crucifixion six days later, the key moments have been immortalized in countless films, pieces of music, and works of art.
But in recent years, some historians have begun to question inconsistencies in the Gospels’ version of events. They believe that the Gospels could hide a very different story; one that casts the historical Jesus in an entirely new light. Based on a new interpretation of contemporary historical events in Rome, "Last Days of Jesus" peels back thousands of years of tradition, to explore a new political context to the events in Jerusalem.
"Last Days of Jesus" explores how dramatic political events in Rome could have played a crucial role in shaping Jesus’ destiny, and examines an extraordinary political alliance that altered the course of history.