The Bible: A Political, Patriotic Jesus


The Gospels — the only detailed written records on the life of Christ — record that Jesus of Nazareth was condemned by the Sanhedrin of Jerusalem on a charge of blasphemy and some what reluctantly executed by the city's Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate. Historians have long been dissatisfied with this explanation, principally because of the discrepancies among the Evangelists' accounts, and their portrayal of Pilate:

acknowledged as ruthless and opportunistic by his contemporaries, he would scarcely have been concerned with the justice of Jesus' fate. In two newly published books, British...

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