The Trial of Jesus

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Watson (Jesus and the Jews, Univ. of Georgia, 1995) examines the testimony regarding the arrest, trial, conviction, and execution of Jesus as presented in the canonical Gospels. His goal is to adduce evidence regarding historical plausibility rather than factual certitude, focusing primarily on the books of Mark and John. From his sifting of the evidence, Watson highlights two main issues: the nature of Jesus' ministry as it led to conflict with the Jewish leaders and the reaction and actions of the Sanhedrin. He portrays Jesus as little more than a charismatic miracle worker, prone to fits of rage, seeking to engineer his own execution by stoning at the hands of the Sanhedrin. Some of Watson's conclusions, particularly those regarding the personality of Jesus, seem contrived and without basis in testimony. His assertion that the Sanhedrin did have authority to impose and execute a death sentence (against John 18:31) will spark debate. Recommended for academic and larger public library theology collections.-Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama Lib., Birmingham
Watson (law, U. of Georgia) proposes a new interpretation of the historical Jesus and his arrest, trial, and conviction through comparative readings of the four Gospels, period writing, and Jewish and Roman law and custom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820341521
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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