Tag Archives: The Trial

Understanding the Talmudic Evidence for the Trial

The three Talmud passages are found in a book that, from cover to cover, is about law and legal matters. Just because the Talmud is an intimidating collection (as legal texts tend to be) doesn’t mean that a specific theme … Continue reading

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Understanding the Josephus Evidence of a Trial

Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus contributes three things to our understanding of our conjectured trial. First, the Josephus passage demonstrates that one aspect of Philip the Tetrarch’s work in his territory was judicial. In this role he can be … Continue reading

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Evidence from Josephus of the Judge in the Trial, Philip the Tetrarch

The following selection is evidence of the Trial Judge whose jurisdiction included Bethsaida. Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews is available online. Antiquities 18.4.6 About this time it was that Philip, Herod’s ‘ brother, departed this life, in the twentieth year … Continue reading

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Gospel Evidence of an Underreported Trial

There are two categories of evidence of an unnarrated and underreported trial in the gospel of Luke. The first category is familiar to many of us, references to legal trials in the context of persecution. The second category is reference … Continue reading

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Talmudic Evidence of a Trial Prosecuted by Yohanan b. Zakkai

The following three Talmud excerpts are evidence that Yohanan b. Zakkai once prosecuted a case of sexual transgression in the court of Philip the Tetrarch. Mishnah Sanhedrin 1:2 Antigonus the Prince asked Rabban Yoḥanan ben Zakkai, “The ox will be … Continue reading

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