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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18:28–19:42

THEME

Jesus dies for the sins of many

SETTING

c.29 CE The Antonia Fortress, Herod’s Palace, and Golgotha, in Jerusalem.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God, accused of blasphemy and treason.

Pontius Pilate Roman governor who tries Jesus.

Herod Antipas Son of Herod the Great, who rules the regions of Galilee and Perea as client king for the Romans.

Joseph of Arimathea A member of the Jewish ruling council, the Sanhedrin, who is sympathetic to Jesus.

Considering the short length of each of the four Gospels, it is remarkable how much space the authors give to the build-up ...

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