Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Famous Execution
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TORTURE -- INFANTICIDE -- BRUTALITY -- MURDER
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.
and ended up at a well talking to a woman. His own men were scandalized, so of course the chief priests and rulers in Jerusalem heard. They were already upset by the way he had treated a member of the Sanhedrin. After rebuking the man for ignorance, he told him he had to be “born again.” Who was he to speak to a member of the council in this way! He was obviously trying to put his finger in the very places they were sensitive. He went to Jerusalem and healed a lame man on the Sabbath. He
ambitions. It is an old story. “Are you the king of the Jews?” This is Roman bluntness. He has little patience for verbal gymnastics. “Yes, it is as you say.” The rabbi speaks plainly, too. It is a rare trait in Jerusalem. Pilate waits. Silence. Under Roman law, the accused must make a case in his own defense. If he remains silent, his guilt is assumed and sentence is passed. Pilate waits for the impassioned speech. Nothing comes. He wonders if the man understands this. The chief priests have
be sure of this?” The messenger felt no need to explain himself. He declared that his name was Gabriel and that he had come from his post in the presence of God to deliver the good news. Since Zechariah demanded understanding but refused to believe, he would be struck dumb until the child was born. Nine months later Zechariah’s son, Yochanan, came into the world. Mary gave birth six months later. She never did understand how it had all happened, but she was willing to believe it would. It was
adding requirements of their own to the law of God. They believed in divine foreordination, in the immortality of the soul, in the resurrection of the body, and in supernatural beings. They angered Jesus more than the Herodians—who were moved by influence and wealth—and the Sadducees—the religious rationalists of their age—because these Pharisees were closer to the will of God but kept from salvation by their pride and unloving hearts. 64 Bazaars of the Family of Annas: Alfred Edersheim has
scholar N. T. Wright guided me through difficult New Testament passages. Friend and Fulbright scholar Adam Claasen of Massey University in New Zealand expertly recommended sources. Dr. George Grant—always encouraging, always on my side, always in the grand tradition of Reformed scholarship, and always hungry for barbecue—kept me on track theologically and corrected my pitiful Latin. Professor Ben Crist helped us both—gratias tibi ago. Morris Proctor, owner and developer of systems like Libronix,