Several years ago disinformation published a new edition of the late Hugh Schonfield’s classic and controversial alternative history of Jesus of Nazareth, The Passover Plot.
There is probably no other figure in modern Jewish historical research who is more controversial or famous than Dr. Schonfield, who once said: “The scholars deplore that I have spilled the beans to the public. Several of them have said to me, ‘You ought to have kept this just among ourselves, you know.’”
What he did to “spill the beans” was present historical evidence suggesting 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 the Old Testament prophecies—even to the extent of plotting his own arrest, crucifixion and resurrection.
The book has sold millions of copies in the decades since its original publication in 1965 and is still a popular read for those interested in the real story of Jesus’s life. Far less well known, however, is the 1976 film starring Donald Pleasance (Escape From NY, Halloween) based on the book. MGM has been sitting on the rights, unwilling to make the film available to the public but also unwilling to license it to anyone else (like us!). Maybe they’ll change their minds one day. In the meantime director Michael Campus has posted a trailer on his YouTube channel. Happy Easter/Passover!