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The Trial Before Pilate as the "Dénouement" of the Confrontation of Jesus with the Jews and "Their" Law

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Jesus was brought to Pilate on the day of the Preparation of the Passover and was crucified on that same say. At 18,28 John tells us that the Jews "did not enter the praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover". At 19,31 the Jews ask Pilate to break Jesus' legs and have him removed from the cross. The trial and death of Jesus show, more clearly than ever, that the Law of the Jews is incapable of securing the conviction and death of Jesus as one who is opposed to the Law and that, on the contrary, the death of Jesus is demanded by the Law as its fulfillment. By perverting justice and securing Jesus' condemnation on grounds which have nothing to do with the Law, but are rather opposed to it, the Jews are shown to have rejected the Law.

Keywords: crucifixion of Jesus; Jewish law; John; Passover; Pilate; trial of Jesus



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