Killing a Messiah

The gospels give us the events that lead up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but there are still details that we may wonder about. What did the priests and politicians discuss among themselves when Jesus entered Jerusalem? What plans were made to make sure He did not cause trouble? Though we don’t know the answers for sure, Adam Winn offers a fictionalized account of the behind the scenes events in Killing a Messiah.

The story itself is interesting, and provides a thought-provoking scenario of what we don’t know about the final week of Jesus’ formal ministry. The priests and politicians have roles in the crucifixion, but the Bible does not tell us everything about the plot against Jesus. This book is plausible, and gives you something to consider as you read the gospels.

It also aims, both in the plot and a section at the end, to counter the idea of anti-Semitism by Christians. This idea should not be held by Christians, but still pops up now and then.

I liked the concept, and the story was good, but I was disappointed by the use of d–n repeatedly in the book. I think that detracted from the story.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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