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Rome, the Greek World, and the EastVolume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East$
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Fergus Millar, Hannah M. Cotton, and Guy MacLean Rogers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830307

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876657_millar

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Reflections on the Trials of Jesus *

Reflections on the Trials of Jesus *

(p.139) Chapter Seven Reflections on the Trials of Jesus *
Rome, the Greek World, and the East

Fergus Millar

University of North Carolina Press

The Gospels have provided varied and contradictory accounts of how Jesus came to suffer crucifixion. This chapter examines the general characteristics of the Gospels, viewed as biographical narratives. It suggests some reasons why John is closer to the historical context and overall pattern of Jesus's activities than any of the Synoptics, and that of the Synoptics, it is Luke who has the weakest grasp on the realities of Palestine under Roman domination. The chapter uses the evidence in Josephus's Jewish War, Antiquities, and Life to help analyse what is significant about the differences between Gospel accounts, which of the things narrated by them could have been true, and conversely which could not.

Keywords:   Gospels, Jesus, John, Synoptics, Luke, Palestine, Josephus, Gospel accounts

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