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The Trials Of Jesus And Jeremiah

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There are many apparent anomalies in the accounts of the trials of Jesus and many problems from the viewpoint of legal historian. The problems are twofold, literary and historical: the gospel accounts themselves contain notable internal discrepancies and story they tell is significantly at odds with contemporary law, both Jewish and Roman. An alternative approach to trial narratives is to view them not according to the criteria of history, but rather of literature - as a literary text constructed to allude to a wide variety of Old Testament texts, with the theological purpose of showing that Jesus was himself the fulfilment of prophecy. The trial of Jeremiah provides a model for an entire narrative segment of Passion narrative, rather than a source of literary allusion for some individual elements. In the trial of Jeremiah, the same antithetical roles of priestly and secular authority as in the case of Jesus can be found.

Keywords: gospel; Jeremiah; Jesus; Jewish; Old Testament; passion narrative; prophecy; trial narratives

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