- Hardcover: 419 pages
- Publisher: Konecky & Konecky; Text is Free of Markings edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568525028
- ISBN-13: 978-1568525020
- Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
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The Trial and Death of Jesus Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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About the Author
Mr. Justice Haim H. Cohn was born in Luebeck, Germany, in 1911. In 1930 he came to Palestine and took up rabbinical studies at the Yeshivat Merkaz Harav as well as Judaistic studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Upon the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 he was appointed State Attorney and shortly thereafter Director-General of the Ministry of Justice. In 1950 he was made the Attorney-General of Israel. In 1952 he joined the Cabinet as Minister of Justice and in 1953 resumed the attorney-generalship until his appointment in 1960 as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. Mr. Justice Cohn represented the State of Israel on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. He also served on the Board of Governors of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
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Cohn's work, however, both profits from and suffers from his experience with the legal profession. Lawyers, especially trial lawyers, have trouble writing sober history. They are geared to literary polemic. Almost everything they write is a brief for one position or another. "The Trial of Jesus" is a brief for the proposition that the Sanhedrin's aim was not the punishment, but the salvation of Jesus.
By Cohn's lights, the Sanhedrin worked diligently to avert Jesus' trial for the capital offense of treason. Although his argument is ingenious, it fails to carry the day. It suffers from a number of flaws, not the least of which are set forth below:
1. There was no public prosecutor in the days of the Roman Empire. All prosecutions were instituted by private citizens or groups of private citizens. (See The Criminal Law of Ancient Rome, pp. 4-5. Also see Acts 24:1).
2. The Gospels name Jesus' prosecutor before Pilate, and the prosecutor is the Sanhedrin. (See Mark 15:1. The Greek "sunedrion" is translated "council" in most translations [probably because most readers would be unfamiliar with the term "sanhedrin"], but a few versions translate "sunedrion" as "sanhedrin").
3. The Sanhedrin's best course of action if they didn't want Jesus punished was to decline to prosecute him.
Throughout history various people have sought to inculpate selected people or groups and/or exculpate other people or groups for Jesus' crucifixion. The most recently published attempt at exoneration is "The Gospel of Judas," which seeks to prove that Judas was just following orders when he handed Jesus over to the soldiers.
Efforts to fix the blame for something that happened almost 2,000 years ago are interesting exercises in academic parsing, but should make little difference here and now. As Ezekiel said, when the parents eat sour grapes, the children's teeth are not to be set on edge.
He takes in turn, the position of a prosecutor ... and a defense lawyer ... both having prepared well their case and are now ready to systematically argue the facts, the evidences, the suppositions, the contradictions and to validate each, while explaining the motivation as to why it was so written, said or reported.
The story of Jesus's trial slowly unfolding is very revealing on its historical and political basis. If only Justice Cohn would now use his detailed and logical approach, to explain and clarify some of the old testament passages that are highly questionable and nonsensical. For instance ... there are events that happened during the course of our lives, that were so drastic, so important, that the memory of them will stay with us until the very last breath of our earthly existence.
The pilot of the Enola Gay who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, will attest that the memory of this event stayed with him all of his life. Who among us doesn't remember exactly where they were and what they were doing at the time when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, or when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were hit? These events are deeply imprinted for ever in our memory, never to be forgotten.
Strangely enough, when Moses parted the gigantic water walls of the Red Sea, each of the thousands of escaping Jews, witnessed singularly, what would be, not only the irrefutable proof of the existence of God Almighty, but of His ultimate power.
Imagine is you will ... the average dept of the Red Sea is known to be 1,800 feet deep. Knowing that an office building code requires for each story to be at least 10 feet high, therefore 1,800 feet would represent a skyscraper much taller than the Empire State Building. A building so tall that one standing on the sidewalk at the entrance, would need to back away to no less than ½ mile to be able to see the top of it. Imagine each escaping jew witnessing on each side, a wall of water so tremendously high.
A miraculous event so fantastic, that the memory of it would be forever burned in their individual mind, never to be forgotten. So 'WHY' would they shortly after, ...(while Moses was said to be at the top of Mount Sinai, retrieving God's 10 commandments)... gather and melt all their gold jewelry, erect a golden pagan calf and worship it?
What about their unflinching belief in God supreme power?? The parting of the Red Sea?? All forgotten?? Really?? Either the story of Moses splitting the Red Sea is false ... or the worshiping of the golden calf is false ... but both cannot be true jointly. It goes against all logic and known human behavior.
Numerous biblical passages like this one, invite a detailed scrutiny, that a man such as Justice Cohn with his detailed and logical mind and historical knowledge would be welcomed to explain and clarify.
Also recommended: The Bloodline Of Jesus Christ by author Laurence Gardner.