Prosecuting Jesus: Finding Christ by Putting Him on Trial

Prosecuting Jesus: Finding Christ by Putting Him on Trial

by Mark Osler

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Overview

Who is Jesus? Christians have been arguing about the answer to that question since there have been Christians, and it seems unlikely that they're going to agree on an answer anytime soon. Mark Osler, always a bit uncomfortable in church, was never able to find a Jesus that seemed real to him—until he put Jesus on trial.

Drawing on his training as a federal prosecutor and professor of law, he and a group of friends staged the trial of Jesus for their church, as though it were happening in the modern American criminal justice system. The event was so powerful that before long Osler received invitations to take it on the road. Each time he served as Christ's prosecutor, the story of Jesus opened up to him a bit more.

Prosecuting Jesus follows Osler in this extraordinary journey of discovering himself by discovering Jesus. Juxtaposing things we rarely put together, like the passion of Christ and our ideas about capital punishment, Osler explores an active engagement between Jesus and our contemporary law and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664261856
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 08/26/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mark Osler is Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A former federal prosecutor, he is the author of Jesus on Death Row.

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