Review of ‘Killing Jesus’ by Stephen Mansfield

I am glad that Mansfield had it on his heart to write this account of Jesus death and the events surrounding it. We can never fully comprehend what Jesus went through, and it certainly should never feel boring.

Stephen does an excellent job of showing the historical happenings of Herod and Pilot. As the book enters into the last days of Jesus much information is repeated to accommodate the different mentalities of Jesus and those involved in plotting his death.

While very graphic at the beginning, describing the disease eating away at Herod the Great, the gory details dial back. I would have liked more detail as to the significance of things like the veil tearing in the Holy of Holies. And at times the author makes it sound as though Jesus was making the prophesies fit him rather than their fulfillment being a divine working.  

Overall, it’s a good read and is historically and medically accurate.


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