Friday, March 03, 2006

Jesus on Trial -- What Really Happened

This is in from Fortress Press:
Jesus on Trial—What Really Happened

MINNEAPOLIS (February 28, 2006)— How did Jesus, a much-loved and highly respected Jewish teacher, get sentenced to death as a criminal? The questions of students and scholars about the actual circumstances, legal situation, and subsequent development of the Passion Narratives are here answered in Sloyan's second edition of this reliable resource, first published by Fortress Press in 1973. This second edition includes additional text, updated bibliography and notes, and a new preface.

“I am convinced that a serious and dispassionate inquiry into the trial of Jesus from the Gospels and contemporary sources is capable of doing something—however little—to improve the climate of Christian-Jewish discourse. This is true if only because so much that has been written on the trial that is harmful to good relations is demonstrably false.”

—from Chapter 1

“This new edition of Sloyan’s classic study offers a significant contribution to historical Jesus research and to ongoing efforts at improving the climate of contemporary Christian-Jewish relations. His exegetical expertise and knowledge of extra-biblical sources are matched by a dispassionate commitment to inquiry that refuses to settle for convenient solutions or to claim more than the evidence will allow. . . . Taking issue with many recent studies on the execution of Jesus, Sloyan demonstrates an exemplary devotion to critical responsibility, which, in the long run, will prove more satisfying than the ‘quick fix ’suggestions that have been proffered.”
Mark Allan Powell, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH

"Unraveling theological and historical strands in the sources of the Gospel narratives, Sloyan seeks to disclose the social and political realities of the trial of Jesus. Let a new generation of Christian and Jewish interpreters take notice!"
David L. Tiede, Augsburg College

Gerard S. Sloyan is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Temple University and Visiting Professor of Religion and Religious Education at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous books, including The Crucifixion of Jesus (Fortress Press, 1995); Why Jesus Died (Fortress Press, 2004); and Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary with CD-ROM (Fortress Press, 2004).

Format: Paperback 168 pages 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Item No: 0800638298

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Fortress Press

To order Jesus on Trial call Fortress Press at 1-800-328-4648 or visit the web site at To request review copies (for media) or exam copies (for potential classroom use) please call 1-800-426-0115 ext. 234 or e-mail For speaking engagements and interviews call Bob Todd at 612-330-3234 or e-mail

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, I'll definitely have to pick up a copy. I've been a bit confused by all the "anti-semitism" charges that seem to be leveled at evangelicals in general. As a humble lay person, the Bible doesn't seem to really give a lot of basis for particularly villifying the 1st Century Jewish people in any general way for the crucifixion. I very much appreciate the recommendation and look forward to reading it!