David W. Chapman and Eckhard J. Schnabel have produced a well-argued volume that seeks to extract a maximum of historical information from the New Testament accounts of the legal process against Jesus before the Sanhedrin, his trial by Pilate, and his crucifixion at the hands of the Roman authorities. Schnabel is responsible for the texts and commentary with regard to the Sanhedrin process (pp. 1–151) and the trial before Pilate (pp. 153–298), and Chapman is responsible for the material that illuminates Jesus’ crucifixion (pp. 299–754). The treatment is thorough, and even for scholars who are unpersuaded by a given thesis (such an expanded understanding of the nature of the charge of blasphemy), the monograph contains a very fine selection of texts that are essential for research in the field. One of Schnabel’s primary...

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