Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Famous Execution

Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Famous Execution

by Stephen Mansfield


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The World Would Never Be the Same

"The execution of Jesus was a crime born of the streets, the barracks, the enclaves of the privileged, and the smoke-filled back rooms of religious and political power brokers. Its meaning lives in these places still."

It is the most fiercely debated murder of all time. Its symbol is worn by billions of people worldwide. Its spiritual meaning is invoked daily in time-honored rituals. In Killing Jesus, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield masterfully recounts the corrupt trial and grisly execution of Jesus more than two thousand years ago.

Approaching the story at its most human level, Mansfield uses both secular sources and biblical accounts to bring fresh perspective to the human drama, political intrigue, and criminal network behind the killing of the world's most famous man

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617951879
Publisher: Worthy
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,081,547
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone's film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group ( and Chartwell Literary Group ( He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

On Scholars and Sources 7

Chronology of a Conspiracy 9

Chapter I Inceptum: The Beginning 13

Chapter II Piaculum: The Sacrifice 21

Chapter III Illegitimus: The Illegitimate 27

Chapter IV Urbs: The City 35

Chapter V Imperium: The Empire 43

Chapter VI Regnum: The Kingdom 51

Chapter VII Pontifex: The Priest 59

Chapter VIII Advenae: The Foreigners 69

Chapter IX Coniuratus: The Conspiracy 77

Chapter X Occursus: The Meeting 85

Chapter XI Oraculum: The Teachings 95

Chapter XII Proditio: The Betrayal 103

Chapter XIII Vindicta: The Vengeance 111

Chapter XIV Judicium: The Judgment 123

Chapter XV Excoriare: The Torture 133

Chapter XVI Crucio: The Crucifixion 143

Chapter XVII Lamenta: The Weeping 155

Chapter XVIII Iniuria: The Injustice 163

Chapter XIX Damnatus: The Condemned 171

Chapter XX Centurio: The Centurion 181

Chapter XXI Excessum: The Departure 189

Epilogue 197

Ancient Authors on the Death of Jesus 207

Notes 213

Bibliography 247

Acknowledgments 251

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Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Famous Execution 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The execution--we all know this had to happen, it was the way it was supposed to happen. But reading Mansfield's details of these events, the grusome details, made it so much more unbearable to hear. What Jesus endured is explained in intricate detail, from the prophecy, the betrayals, the conspiracy to be rid of this rebel, this so-called rabbi, and of his teachings of peace. Even after 2013 years, Mansfield reminds us of what we still need to hear, that this brutal execution is our enduring proof of Jesus' love for all of us, and this will live on forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
August 2, 2013 is so mistaken. There are, in the writings of Josephus, Pliney the Younger, and many other historical writers of the time, mentions of the execution of Jesus/Jeshua in the manner described in scripture. He fits exactly the prophecies written hundreds of years before. Further, read Philip Yancey's A CASE FOR CHRIST who was an unbelieving investigative reporter who set out to disprove the accounts and came away convinced they are true. Before you discount the accounts, do some reading and delve deeper instead of making a snap judgement or taking someone else's word. Shalom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Steve Mansfield's "Killing Jesus" and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how much suffering Our Lord endured for us! It was a very quick read but it's story will stay with me for the rest of my life! Thank you Steve for enabling me to be somewhat "present" at God's ultimate sacrifice of love for mankind. God Bless you and your talents in telling such an important message especially in today's evil and sinful world
DaveMO More than 1 year ago
While sad it gave me a new meaning to the killing of our lord Jesus Christ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 2013, two books with this title came out. I've read and own them both. This one is the better of the two. Read it. You will not be the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both the Roman historian Tacitus and the Jewish historian Josephus references Jesus. In other words, to those "historians" on this page who say there are no references to Jesus outside of the Bible, two contemporaries with ABSOLUTELY NO VESTED INTEREST IN JESUS' EXISTENCE, attest to his existence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lee Strobel was the investigative reporter who wrote The Case For Christ. Great book for those looking for proof of Jesus.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS At times this was a hard book to read. It is important to look back and see what Jesus did for you and me. I like the facts and the explaining why certain followers did or said something. At times it was laid out logical. Other times I just wanted to cry reading about the torture. A lot of the details I have forgotten over the years. Like that their was three King Herod. I knew King Herod ordered all the boy babies under two to be killed. Did not know how gross he got before he died with his illness. I always figured that the number of boy babies was a lot higher that died. But one is to high. I also liked how they told of Jesus riding into Jerusalem and how Pontius Pilate rode into Jerusalem on the other side with all the troops and compared them. Another interesting fact was how many lambs were sacrificed in two hours at the temple. This is a good look and understanding why so many people wanted Jesus to be killed. How many different times they wanted him to be killed. This is a good book to read on Easter Weekend. Too really remember that Jesus is the Son of God. He died for us and he lives. Stephen Mansfield used a lot of different resources to write this book from. That you can see where he got his information from. The torture of all Jesus went through is very hard to read at times. At times very graphic. Explain just what happens when someone is crucified or scourged. I believe that Jesus did live. He lived his life for us as examples of what to do. That he did miracles of making wine out of water, raising the dead. This is the first book that I have read written by Stephen Mansfield. I would read more books by him in the future. I was given this book to read and be part of its book tour. In return I have given my honest opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen Mansfield's gripping account of the death of Jesus fills in much of the sketchiness of New Testament accounts written when Roman rule was a fact of life requiring no explanation. Mansfield's reconstruction of the final days and hours of Jesus' life is not only unsparing in its depiction of and explanation for the Roman tortures Jesus was forced to endure, it clarifies as well the historical situation of Roman occupied Judea and the political conspiracy that led inexorably to the crucifixion of a country rabbi who's teaching posed no clear and present threat to Rome.
Woods91 More than 1 year ago
What an awesome read for a growing Christian and anyone who want's to better understand the story of Jesus Christ.
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Well written anyone who needs eviedence of jesus will find this book intruging a very different point of view i didn't realize how brutal his death really was until i read this book
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Thete is absolutely no historical evidence for the existence is anyone called Jesus, let alone evidence of a crucifixtion. And this book adds nothing to the discussion but overwrought emotion intended to appeal to people who need to get a life.