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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Christian Focus
|Publication Date: 2001|
Who were the people who tried Jesus?
Annas' personal fortune from 'skimming' the income from sacrificial animals was over 2.5 billion pieces of silver, his son-in-law, Joseph Caiaphas, broke 12 laws in bringing Jesus before him. Herod Antipas, second son of Herod the Great was a Rome educated playboy in charge of a small section of a third class imperial province - a man whose rash promise led to the beheading of John the Baptist. And Pontius Pilate? Pilate was an anti-Semitic politician more intent on cash-flow for building projects than justice.
These were the people assembled to give Jesus a fair trial!
Gilmore's work is imaginative, informed, wise, and searching. He canvasses the Bible and scholarly secondary sources to reconstruct a plausible understanding of Jesus' trials. Gilmore clarifies many conundrums and shows again that the New Testament accounts are empirically compellingand spiritually suggestive for readers with ears to hear. I know of no better biographical approach to the trials of Jesus.'
Rarely have we been provided such an open look into the character issues related to the judges and their decision-making processes that led to the crucifixion of Jesus. John Gilmore has presented a fascinating story of the moral failings of Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod. The book is worthwhile for the historical information alone, but the power of the book is found in the personal reflection that is certain to happen. This is an important book that should be widely read'.
'Dr. Gilmore is not content simply to detail the legal maneuverings. He seeks to pierce through the layers of litigious wrappings to find the core motivations of those who 'tried' Christ. It warms this lawyer's heart that with Gilmore's careful exposition, Christ's trials, bad ones at that, prove a rich source of exhortation.'
Author: Dr. John Gilmore
Located in: Cincinnati, OH
Submitted: December 06, 2001
Tell us a little about yourself. My work on the trials of Christ is based on over 40 years of research and brings into focus vital details on Christ before judges Annas, Joseph Caiaphas, Pilate (twice) and Herod Antipas. In a short compass the juridical details of how Jesus was abused and suffered unjustly are given full attention with personal application. The 175 page book has 4 appendices: Legal Questions are looked at in detail, also the matter of one or two temple cleansings, reaction to a Bible dictionary presentation on Annas and Caiaphas, and a separate treatment (appendix 4) on the so-called anti-jewishness in the Gospel records.
What was your motivation behind this project? The average person is overwhelmed with the Gospel stories of the various elements in Christ's last week. Few books provide a perspective on the legal elements in His appearances in the Jewish trials and the Romans trials. The distinctiveness of Jesus' judges and their moral failings are noted.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A deep appreciation of the carefully recorded Gospel accounts and of the details of what Christ went through in His trials. The key reference works for additional reading on various aspects of the trials are provided for students and pastors who want to study the subject further.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Care was taken to provide all citation sources. Answers to Gospel critics are found mostly in the Introduction and 4 appendices.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Dr. Peter Master (doctorate in history), pastor of Spurgeon's Tabernacle, London, wrote of the work: "Popularly written, but with excellent scholarly integrity, this is a very moving little book which will be appreciated by message- preparers and devotional readers alike. Dr.Gilmore's unusally catchy, compelling style is at its best here. 'Each person is a walking mob,' he tells us in one place. Highly recommended."