The Trial of Jesus of Nazareth

What Do the Historical Records Say?

The trial of Jesus before the religious and political authorities in Jerusalem was not only a defining moment in world history that reverberated throughout the Roman Empire and beyond, ultimately changing the lives and beliefs of millions, but it was also an event that is essential to the Christian faith. Although Jesus is widely acknowledged by scholars as a historical figure, many question the trial narrative recorded in the four Gospels, and skeptical scholars for decades have written it off as Christian propaganda or historical fiction.1 Yet archaeological discoveries and ancient manuscripts illuminating the situation in first-century Jerusalem have corroborated many details related to the people, places, and events of the...


Titus Kennedy, PhD, is a field archaeologist who has been involved in excavations and survey projects at several archaeological sites in biblical lands, including directing and supervising multiple projects spanning the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period, and he has conducted artifact research at museums and collections around the world. He is a research fellow at the Discovery Institute, an adjunct professor at Biola University, and has been a consultant, writer, and guide for history and archaeology documentaries and curricula. He also publishes articles and books in the field of biblical archaeology and history, including Unearthing the Bible, Excavating the Evidence for Jesus, and The Essential Archaeological Guide to Bible Lands.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #69, Summer 2024 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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