Who Killed Jesus? (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 20, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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The death of Jesus is one of the most hotly debated questions in Christianity today. In his massive and highly publicized The Death of the Messiah, Raymond Brown -- while clearly rejecting anti-Semitism -- never questions the essential historicity of the passion stories. Yet it is these stories, in which the Jews decide Jesus' execution, that have fueled centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.

Now, in his most controversial book, John Dominic Crossan shows that this traditional understanding of the Gospels as historical fact is not only wrong but dangerous. Drawing on the best of biblical, anthropological, sociological and historical research, he demonstrates definitively that it was the Roman government that tried and executed Jesus as a social agitator. Crossan also candidly addresses such key theological questions as "Did Jesus die for our sins?" and "Is our faith in vain if there was no bodily resurrection?"

Ultimately, however, Crossan's radical reexamination shows that the belief that the Jews killed Jesus is an early Christian myth (directed against rival Jewish groups) that must be eradicated from authentic Christian faith.

  

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Review: Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus

User Review  - Joni - Goodreads

Whew! I am finally done. This book was well researched and documented, but reading it was very much like studying a textbook. Read full review

Review: Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Helpful to read alongside the Gospel of John. Read full review

Contents

chapter one Crime
39
CHAPTER TWO AmSt
66
CHAPTER THREE Trial
82
Il8 CHAPTER FOUR Abuse
118
chapter five Execution
133
chapter six Burial
160
chapter seven Resurrection
189
epilogue History and Faith
211
Appendix The Gospel of Peter
223
Sources
229
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About the author (2009)

John Dominic Crossan,professor emeritus at DePaul University, iswidely regarded as the foremost historicalJesus scholar of our time. He currentlyserves as the president of the Society of BiblicalLiterature. He is the author of severalbestselling books, including The HistoricalJesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; and,most recently, The Greatest Prayer. Crossanlives in Minneola, Florida.

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