Presumed Guilty

How the Jews Were Blamed for the Death of Jesus

Presumed Guilty

How the Jews Were Blamed for the Death of Jesus


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A premier New Testament scholar explores how Jesus' trial and execution are portrayed in the New Testament and how that portrayal has affected biblical studies, Christian theology, and Jewish-Christian relations through history. Tomson has written an accessible, responsible analysis of the biblical accounts of Jesus' death, demonstrating how, through compounded misunderstandings, they contributed to anti-Jewish sentiment in the early church and later history.

Tomson's question of how Jesus is to be understood in his first-century Judean context is a critical one not only for biblical scholars, but for anyone concerned about human rights and interreligious dialogue today.

Table of Contents

  1. Jesus through the ages
  2. The quest for the "real" Jesus
  3. The Jews in the Roman empire
  4. Jesus and his disciples
  5. Jesus' trial
  6. The apostles' testimony
  7. The impact of the war with Rome
  8. The writings of the New Testament
  9. The readers of the New Testament

  10. Appendix: Jewish movements in the time of Jesus

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800637071
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date February 1, 2005