The Roman Trial (Part 2)

We’re always looking for ideas to get the most out of Dr. Jeannie’s lessons. With this in mind, the following questions were provided by the Bible study group at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA. These questions are related to both The Roman Trial (Part 1) and The Roman Trial (Part 2).
  1. What happened between the Jewish and Roman trials? How did these vents contribute to Christ’s death on the Cross?
  2. What political structure forced the Jewish leaders to bring Jesus to Pilate after they had already convicted Him themselves? Why didn’t they avoid the Roman trial by “taking care of Him” silently?
  3. What charge was brought against Christ in the Roman trial? Why was Pilate hesitant to condemn Him, and how did he try to avoid it?
  4. What do we know about Barabbas and the tradition of releasing a prisoner? What does Dr. Jeannie estimate regarding the crowd that called for Barabbas’ release?
  5. How are we to understand the blood curse that Pilate placed upon the Jews?
  6. In regards to the “tradition” that says Pilate later became a Christian, Dr. Jeannie advises us that “just because it is a tradition does not mean it is true.” How do you think we are to delineate false traditions from valid traditions) ex. the oral tradition of the Church that Dr. Jeannie frequently mentions)? 

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