The Trial of Jesus : The Jewish and Roman Proceedings Against Jesus Christ Described and Assessed From the Oldest Accounts by Josef Blinzler. Translated From the Second Revised and Enlarged Edition by Isabel and Florence Hchugh
Westminster, MD : The Newman Press, 1959. First American Edition. Hardcover. 312 pages ; 1 map ; 21 cm. $4.75 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
THE TRIAL OF JESUS
The Jewish and Roman proceedings against Jesus Christ described and assessed from the oldest accounts by Josef Blinzler translated from the second revised and enlarged edition by Isabel and Florence McHugh.
INTENSIVELY evaluating all available sources (including material unearthed at Qumran), Dr. Josef Blinzler reconstructs the events that led to the tragedy of Golgotha. While completely up-to-date in its scholarship, The Trial of Jesus makes absorbing and continuous reading since purely technical questions are dealt with in footnotes and excursuses.
Doctor Blinzler's work has a special pertinence in that he is at pains to examine the much-mooted question of the responsibility for the death of Christ. He concludes that both the Sanhedrin and Pilate sentenced Jesus to death; but the chief guilt he finds to be upon the small group of Jews who made up the Sanhedrin of those days and the areas of the population of Jerusalem that were under their influence.
Not unaware of the consequences that vapid anti-Semites might draw from his thought, Dr. Blinzler clearly establishes that any connection between modern anti-Semitism and the Christian passion narratives is simply unjustified. The evangelists were not anti-Semites and anti-Semitism is incompatible with their Christianity.
The Trial of Jesus is an important book: it is a masterpiece of scholarship and a document that gives the lie to contemporary hate-mongers.
DOCTOR JOSEF BLINZLER was born in Upper Franconia in 1910. He was ordained in 1935 and the following year obtained his doctorate in theology "cum eminentia." During the Second World War, he was stationed at a church in Hilgcrrshausen near Dachau. After the war, in 1947, he was recognized as doctor in theology in the University of Munich and became the New Testament Prtvatdocin: there. In 1949 he became Professor of New Testament Studies at the Philosophico-Theological Academy at Passau in Bavaria. In 1958, he was elected rector of this academy. Doctor Blinzlcr's works have appeared in Bib/ica, New Testament Studies New Testament Abstracts. Theologie and Glaube and in many other reviews. He has contributed to such dictionaries as Lexikon fur Theologic und Kirche and others. His major works besides The Trial of Jesus include a study of the Holy Shroud of Turin, a work on Herod Antipas and Jesus Christ, and a study of the New Testament accounts of the transfiguration.
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