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Video Presentation: The Trial of Jesus: Shedding New Light
May 23, 2017
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Video Presentation: The Trial of Jesus: Shedding New Light
BYU Studies Staff

On April 14, 2017, John W. Welch, editor in chief of BYU Studies, law professor at Brigham Young University, and Scholar in Residence at the University of Southern California and the Widtsoe Foundation, gave a presentation on current scholarship regarding the arrest, trial, and execution of Jesus. He shed new light on perennial questions such as: Who killed Jesus? Why did they do this? The lecture also explored new questions, including: What did the raising of Lazarus have to do with the arrest of Jesus? What might we learn today about civility and incivility by thinking about the trial of Jesus? Why do all four Gospels give such gruesome details about the crucifixion of Jesus? Was the proceeding legal, illegal, or something else? 

BYU Studies thanks the Widtsoe Foundation for the recording. For written text on this same subject by Dr. Welch, see:

The Legal Cause of Action against Jesus in John 18: 29-30

The Trial and Death of Jesus

Raising Lazarus: Jesus’s Signing of His Own Death Warrant