Judas Brief: Who Really Killed Jesus?

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The Judas Brief challenges the fundamental Gospel concept that at least some leading Jews played a key role in having Jesus executed. Author Gary Greenberg provides a detailed examination of all Gospel accounts of hostile interaction between Jesus and the Jews, with special attention to the Gospel accounts of the Jewish and Roman trials of Jesus. He then compares these Gospel reports with the historical evidence and reaches some surprising and controversial conclusions, including that: - there was never any ...

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Overview

The Judas Brief challenges the fundamental Gospel concept that at least some leading Jews played a key role in having Jesus executed. Author Gary Greenberg provides a detailed examination of all Gospel accounts of hostile interaction between Jesus and the Jews, with special attention to the Gospel accounts of the Jewish and Roman trials of Jesus. He then compares these Gospel reports with the historical evidence and reaches some surprising and controversial conclusions, including that: - there was never any organized Jewish hostility to Jesus - the only significant opposition came from Roman authorities - Judas was a close ally of Jesus and represented him in negotiations with the High Priest - the High Priest tried to protect Jesus and his followers from a Roman initiated massacre - Jesus willingly agreed to surrender himself to Pilate as a hostage to insure that his followers remained passive during the holiday - Judas and Caiaphas had expected that Jesus would be released after the holiday - Pilate broke his word and had Jesus executed - Judas committed suicide in grief over the unexpected death of Jesus and the role he had played 'The Judas Brief' is a comprehensive and clearly written account of the many Gospel portrayals of interaction between Jesus and the Jews. It may well provide modern Christian scholars and exegetes with some of the tools necessary to challenge the anti-Semitic reactions that flow from the Gospel accounts of Jewish hostility to Jesus.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780826489999
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Greenberg is the author of four books on biblical and ancient Near Eastern history and has served as President of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York for several years. He is a criminal defense attorney in New York.

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Table of Contents

NOTES ON TERMINOLOGY AND CITATIONS

CHAPTER 1

Jews in the Dock; Pilate in the Choir

CHAPTER 2

The Gospels: Fact, Fiction, or Speculation?

CHAPTER 3

Early Non-Gospel Passion Accounts

CHAPTER 4

Religious Outlaws in Roman Israel

CHAPTER 5

Pilate Outside of the Gospels

CHAPTER 6

Was Pilate That Bad?

CHAPTER 7

What Do We Really Know about Judas?

CHAPTER 8

Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, and Priests

CHAPTER 9

Jesus in Jerusalem

CHAPTER 10

The Arrest

CHAPTER 11

The Jewish Proceedings

CHAPTER 12

The Roman Proceedings: A Gospel Overview

CHAPTER 13

The Roman Proceedings: A Critical Review

CHAPTER 14

What Really Happened?

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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