Reconsidering the trial of Jesus: A reading for our times - Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture

Presented by: Professor Joseph H. H. Weiler, NYU School of Law

Could the Son of God truly be guilty of Blasphemy? Was his trial fair? Who are the Chirst killers? – The Jews? The Romans? Hundreds of books have engaged with these questions. While covering this familiar ground this will address three other questions to date neglected. What is the significance of this most famous of Trials to our Western understanding of Justice? Why does it matter theologically speaking that the death of Jesus was brought about by Trial and not, say, assassination? And is there any reading of the Trial which may be relevant to the debates of our mostly secular culture of today?