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Killing Jesus: The Hidden Drama Behind the World's Most Famous Execution

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  222 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
It is the most famous execution in history. Its symbol is worn by hundreds of millions worldwide. Its spiritual meaning is recalled daily in time-honored rituals. It is the most passionately debated murder of all time. In Killing Jesus: The Hidden Drama Behind the World's Most Famous Execution, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield tells the gripping story o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Worthy Publishing
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Thomas Walker
Jul 26, 2013 Thomas Walker rated it it was amazing
Even though I am still reading, I have read enough to recommend that this book be read by both believer and unbeliever. The proclamation spoken by Christians today that Jesus suffered and died for their sins has lost its potency. The detailed description of the torture and death of The Son of God will set your hearts on fire for your Lord and Savior. After you read this book, which presents with accuracy the plot to crucify the Lamb of God, you will understand what was written in the Bible that ...more
Alison
Apr 02, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
"The story of Jesus' death is simple enough to capture the heart of a child and yet vast enough to consume a scholar's life. It is like an epic poem that movingly written yet emerges from a genuine history. The art, of course, is to tell the tale in all its simplicity and force, while satisfying the demands of the facts."

Stephen Mansfield's book, Killing Jesus: The Hidden Drama Behind the World's Most Famous Execution is not a lengthy tome, but it is packed with enough insight to bring the story
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Roger Leonhardt
May 05, 2013 Roger Leonhardt rated it really liked it
As the title shows, the subject of this book is the crucifixion of Jesus. The premise of the book is to take us through the events leading up to and including the crucifixion and resurrection.

The book is graphic and does not sugar coat. That is a plus. The crucifixion was violent. I understand why Mel Gibson's movie was rated "R". This book is in the same category. It is not light reading.

Mansfield starts by telling us that he did not write this book in a comfortable office. He wanted to write i
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Libby
Dec 25, 2014 Libby rated it it was amazing
This book was powerfully well written; emotional but not hysterical. The writing style is simple, direct and straight forward, but the individual sentences are often extremely beautiful. It often evokes the tender love that Jesus expressed for Jerusalem, while still presenting the flowing gore of Christ's torment and death on the cross. This is not for the tender of tummy or the faint of heart.

Mansfield makes clear the Jesus knew there were plots against him and that Caiphas and Annas sought his
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Donna
Mar 20, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
“Killing Jesus” by Stephen Mansfield is a powerfully written, amazing book to read. Never before have I read such a compelling account of the details of the crucifixion of Jesus. The story of the life and death of Jesus has always been an integral element of Christianity, but “Killing Jesus” enables us to understand the event in such an amazing way. Stephen Mansfield has managed to create a ‘must read’ of Jesus’ life and crucifixion. Even if you are not religious, Mansfield’s “Killing Jesus” is ...more
Joe Cassada
Aug 31, 2013 Joe Cassada rated it really liked it
To anyone closely familiar with the four Gospels there won't be much here in this book that you didn't already know, but the few tidbits of historical background and incidental details provide a richness and depth to the story of Christ's crucifixion that make this book a worthwhile read - for believers and skeptics alike.

Mansfield's writing reads like a good history should: more engaging narrative and less academic tedium. He writes with a hurried and choppy style, (I believe the Prologue provi
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Bill Adamson
May 11, 2013 Bill Adamson rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. The author takes the events of the crucifixion from the point of view of the major character groups involved. I suspect due to a couple of points that the author is Protestant rather than Catholic due to his understanding of Sacred Scripture. In any case, I enjoyed the book.
Jesus Stuff
Oct 11, 2013 Jesus Stuff rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book that is well researched yet written simply and like a captivating novel, try this little puppy. The author painstakingly describes the corruption within the religious system of the day, the strategic purposes behind Jesus' acts during his final week, and the grotesque science of Roman crucifixion.

You will likely put the book down in sections, wincing at the images of such barbaric treatment of our Savior. But, you will also emerge with a new sense of awe in him. Th
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Rhonda
Apr 19, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
4 STARS

At times this was a hard book to read. It is important to look back and see what Jesus did for you and me. I like the facts and the explaining why certain followers did or said something. At times it was laid out logical. Other times I just wanted to cry reading about the torture.

A lot of the details I have forgotten over the years. Like that their was three King Herod. I knew King Herod ordered all the boy babies under two to be killed. Did not know how gross he got before he died with
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Mary-lou
Jun 09, 2013 Mary-lou rated it really liked it
Very interestingly written from the perspective of others who might have been and were present during the tragic events of Jesus' last days. Ion an historical note, it is sometimes nice to reference a footnote, however the author chose to not disturb his storytelling by inserting references in the body of the text. Although I've heard the story many times and studied it historically, I've not ever read such an entertaining account. Bravo!
Scribblescribe
May 03, 2016 Scribblescribe rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This book was very useful in understanding the dynamics at play surrounding the death of Jesus Christ. At first, it was very hard for me to understand due to all the political players. You have Rome, the corrupt jewish priests, Jesus's community, God's will, Jesus's own feelings and the feelings of his family and followers. There are power dynamics involved, politics and the religious teachings of both Rome and Judaism at the time. Layer upon layer upon layer. I think this book, more than the go ...more
Hal
Feb 12, 2014 Hal rated it it was ok
With all the has been written, up to recently about Jesus, I was left wondering what the point of this book was. Mansfield's style was narrative as if an eye witness to the events that led to the crucifixion and a bit beyond. Yet I thought it added little to what has been revealed by other authors. He focuses on the conspiracy of various Jewish leaders and the Sanhedrin to have Jesus tried and executed. No great surprise, in fact Jesus predicts the persecution and provokes them to it in the scri ...more
L Frost
Aug 29, 2015 L Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
How you view this book may depend on your knowledge level before you begin reading it. If you have read the Biblical accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John but haven't read much about the time period and history, you will be fascinated by this book. Even if you have a decent level of knowledge about the historical information you may still learn some new things, view the events from a new angle and/or find a deeper meaning to the events. There were some areas that the author added quite a bit ...more
Ginny B
May 31, 2014 Ginny B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the opening chapter the grisly aspects of this tale are apparent. Pulling almost word for word from the accounts of Josephus and his description of the disease that ended the life of Herod the Great we begin the story appalled. Fortunately, once you get past the graphic details, the retelling of Jesus last days are detailed, and yet fresh.

I found the subtitle misleading, as most of the Christians I know knew of the "conspiracy" behind the Roman execution. Perhaps that is not true elsewhere
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Ian
Sep 05, 2013 Ian rated it liked it
For subject matter that has been studied, written about, and translated into film exhaustively, there isn't much more to add. The author puts in interpretive fictional spin here and there and some occasional brief yet interesting history. It is extremely easy to read, maybe a little too easy to read. The "unknown conspiracy" as mentioned in the subtitle is quite misleading and ultimately sensational. If you've studied or follow(ed) the bible even a moderate amount, the religious and political ca ...more
Hannah Nunn
This book is super awesome and is definitely going to make you cry. This book will take you on a very intimate journey into the life of Jesus and some of the people around him, such as Herod and some of the other kings during Jesus's time here on Earth. There were many places in the book where I had to stop reading for a certain period of time because it was graphic, but that is to be expected since it is or course a story about murder.
Leilah De medina
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,
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Mark
Jun 17, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't planning on requesting any more books for April until I got this one offered by email. It intrigued me enough, especially at this time of year, that I decided to request it.

Although the author takes some liberties with people's thoughts and intent, he does a great job of showing the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion, and of how the religious leaders conspired to have Jesus killed.

I found the book very interesting and moving. I have read descriptions of the trial and flogging of
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Scott Wagner
Nov 03, 2013 Scott Wagner rated it really liked it
This tragic tale of death and conspiracy actually taught me a few things. Being quite atheist myself I was interested in the history. So learning of the dates times and places was wonderful. The interwebbed philosophies of religious and believe were blah, but again I am not a believer. The events leading were insightful, but as expected the story comes to a crashing end. The man dies, and within three days no one can figure out what happened to the body. So much believable insight into the 48 ho ...more
Dee Morton Douglas
Good, but....

I feel that this book is meant for those that are not well versed in their Bible. Several events are missing, though it is understandable that not all could be included. It is well written and easy to read. This is a good starting point for those that want a little more background.
Katus Blakey
Feb 25, 2014 Katus Blakey rated it really liked it
Although I did not encounter a lot of "new information", I did like the way he unfolded the events leading up to the crucifixion. The most interesting portion of the book were the after notes.
I have lent the book to person who was raised a Catholic. I am anxious to get his comments and feedback.
Mom
Oct 02, 2013 Mom rated it it was amazing
I put this book on hold thinking it was Bill O'Reilly's new book, but I started reading and can't put it down. The author's sources are the Talmud, Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny, and of course, the bible. The historical aspect of the book is compelling. Example: King Herod the Great is suffering from a disease or diseases that are eating his organs, some of his organs are gangrenous, yet he hears of a heavenly baby born in Bethlehem and orders the murder of all baby boys two years old and younger. He ...more
Jody Avila
Oct 25, 2013 Jody Avila rated it really liked it
Detailed story about the conspiracy to kill Jesus and why they had to kill him the way they did. Very gruesome descriptions about His torture suffered at the hands of those in power. Great insight as to why the Romans, Pharisees and Sadducees felt that Jesus needed to be killed as soon as possible. Good read that will take you from the unjustified middle of the night trial of Christ in the mansion of the high priest to His last breath at Calvary. Was confused at why the author felt the need to p ...more
Dixie Deen
Nov 24, 2015 Dixie Deen rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. While I know this story by heart, I appreciated the research and insight into the Roman side of the story.
Billie Lang
May 21, 2014 Billie Lang rated it it was amazing
A moving account of the life and death of an extraordinary prophet, man, teacher, or the Son of God, depending on your religious beliefs.
Leslie Horton bearce
Mar 30, 2014 Leslie Horton bearce rated it it was amazing
amazing description of the hunt and murder of Jesus. I had the blessing to hear Mr. Mansfield speak on his book this weekend and what a treat. he is well versed and as entertaining and biblically sound as his book
Teressa
Jul 13, 2015 Teressa rated it really liked it
Wow. Just wow. My heart wrenched for my Savior because our God endured this. All I could do towards the end of this book is start singing "Hallelujah It Is Finished! Hallelujah It is Done! Hallelujah King Forever! And we thank you for the cross!"
Betty Mccook hosack
Jan 31, 2014 Betty Mccook hosack rated it really liked it
great book. I found it very telling more factual than I knew. This a book we all need to read and realize the anguish that he went through at the end of his life.
Jennifer Killgo
Aug 15, 2013 Jennifer Killgo rated it it was amazing
I'm sure it was just me, but I had trouble getting into it in the very beginning. After that it is an amazing book. It is very graphic, as it should be since that is exactly how it was. This book takes you from the beginning to the end in detail of what took place around the crucifixion. Even though I know what happened because I have heard the story all my life, this book broke it down and I learned about all the details. It is really horrendous what He had to go through. I know that. But to re ...more
Greg Chandler
Jan 14, 2016 Greg Chandler rated it it was amazing
I only thought I knew the story..
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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who is becoming one of the nation’s most respected voices on religion and American culture. He is also an activist in a variety of social causes.

Stephen was born in Georgia but grew up largely in Europe due to his father’s career as an officer in the United States Army. After a youth filled with sports, travel, and misc
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