I have, of course, red and heard this story many times. This book, however, makes it real. The story is presented in such a way as to make it real. It gives me an even greater appreciation of the gift I am given through Christ.
"Killing Jesus" a historic treatise on the sociopolitical atmosphere surrounding Jesus' crucifixion and what other writers of antiquity had to say about him, it is quite good. Mansfield lifts the veil on the syndicate that controlled religious commerce in Jerusalem and in particular, the Temple Mount. With great aplomb, Mansfield places the crucifixion of Jesus solidly within the historical narrative of first century Jerusalem, Judea and the Roman Empire. He helps the reader understand that the crucifixion of Jesus was a true, historical event.
He doesn't deal much with the resurrection and indicates his own doubt about the validity of the gospel writers' agreement on the resurrection. However, this doesn't bother me because the book is about Jesus' crucifixion, not his resurrection.
Before I read this book, I didn't realise the magnitude of what Our Lord endured physically during the events leading up to and the actual cricifixion. I now have a deeper understanding, love and respect for Jesus and His work on the cross for me!