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We know all the elements of the most famous murder of all time except one: the motive. One Sunday morning in Jerusalem Jesus's admirers choke the streets celebrating his arrival, and five days later they are in a frenzy crying out for his blood. This book addresses this inexplicable reversal and faces the question: if the current image of Jesus is accurate, if he was a mode We know all the elements of the most famous murder of all time except one: the motive. One Sunday morning in Jerusalem Jesus's admirers choke the streets celebrating his arrival, and five days later they are in a frenzy crying out for his blood. This book addresses this inexplicable reversal and faces the question: if the current image of Jesus is accurate, if he was a model of tolerance and inclusivity; an other-worldly Savior; a Jewish revolutionary intent on defending the poor against the powerful, how do we explain this mass defection? What is it about Jesus that made His family think Him insane, His followers want to arrest Him and His friends and neighbors attempt to kill Him? And why, after 2,000 years, does His name still provoke such controversy and hostility? Perhaps there is something about this man that we do not know.


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We know all the elements of the most famous murder of all time except one: the motive. One Sunday morning in Jerusalem Jesus's admirers choke the streets celebrating his arrival, and five days later they are in a frenzy crying out for his blood. This book addresses this inexplicable reversal and faces the question: if the current image of Jesus is accurate, if he was a mode We know all the elements of the most famous murder of all time except one: the motive. One Sunday morning in Jerusalem Jesus's admirers choke the streets celebrating his arrival, and five days later they are in a frenzy crying out for his blood. This book addresses this inexplicable reversal and faces the question: if the current image of Jesus is accurate, if he was a model of tolerance and inclusivity; an other-worldly Savior; a Jewish revolutionary intent on defending the poor against the powerful, how do we explain this mass defection? What is it about Jesus that made His family think Him insane, His followers want to arrest Him and His friends and neighbors attempt to kill Him? And why, after 2,000 years, does His name still provoke such controversy and hostility? Perhaps there is something about this man that we do not know.

30 review for Crucify!: Why the Crowd Killed Jesus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I went in skimming, slowed down to actually read what the author wrote, and came away impressed by how the author had put together things in the Gospels I hadn't fully thought through yet. If you can get a free copy on Amazon, it'll certainly make you think more about Jesus' uncomfortable and sin-challenging gauntlets thrown down at the crowds. If you can't get it free, I'd recommend buying it. It would be worthwhile to show to people who think that the Pharisees and the Sadducees were the only I went in skimming, slowed down to actually read what the author wrote, and came away impressed by how the author had put together things in the Gospels I hadn't fully thought through yet. If you can get a free copy on Amazon, it'll certainly make you think more about Jesus' uncomfortable and sin-challenging gauntlets thrown down at the crowds. If you can't get it free, I'd recommend buying it. It would be worthwhile to show to people who think that the Pharisees and the Sadducees were the only ones with hypocrisy and pride problems in the early BC years. Fuller review here: http://reformedfiction.blogspot.com/2...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    A Fresh Look at an Old Story This book broke my heart, brought me to tears and gave me a new perspective on story I've heard my entire life. Reading from a Christian standpoint I have never read a book that put gospels in the context of history and culture as this one did, leading me through Jesus's life not just as a story or teaching but as a search for what rang true and why. A Fresh Look at an Old Story This book broke my heart, brought me to tears and gave me a new perspective on story I've heard my entire life. Reading from a Christian standpoint I have never read a book that put gospels in the context of history and culture as this one did, leading me through Jesus's life not just as a story or teaching but as a search for what rang true and why.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Fascinating and well researched details in this intriguing book not only invite readers into Biblical time and place, but also verify the legitimacy of Luke as a great historian, and of the other gospel writers as honest recorders of what they knew. Why don’t we hear of Jesus childhood – surely important to the mythology of such a great figure, if he were myth? Why don’t we hear of him living in Bethlehem as prophesied – wouldn’t this have been hugely important to the writers? Why does he tell p Fascinating and well researched details in this intriguing book not only invite readers into Biblical time and place, but also verify the legitimacy of Luke as a great historian, and of the other gospel writers as honest recorders of what they knew. Why don’t we hear of Jesus childhood – surely important to the mythology of such a great figure, if he were myth? Why don’t we hear of him living in Bethlehem as prophesied – wouldn’t this have been hugely important to the writers? Why does he tell people to keep his miracles secret if he wants to be famous? Why does he teach in parables if he wants to be understood? And why did the crowd who followed him around suddenly turn and cry “Crucify”? Biblical references, familiar and unfamiliar, abound in this book, together with background detail that deepens their meanings. By the end, it all ties together into a convincing image of a man who, contrary perhaps to revisionist modern expectations, knew exactly who he was and did nothing by accident. The author answers the arguments of Zealot author, Reza Asla, with clear example and explanation. At the same time, he combines the gospel timelines convincingly into a whole that constantly surprises the reader, even with familiar events. The book is beautifully written, thoroughly enthralling and intriguing, and an enjoyably satisfying read, especially as Easter approaches. Disclosure: It was free and I couldn’t resist. It’s just my sort of thing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...

    When the author watched The Passion of the Christ, he began to wonder how crowds could sing and dance upon Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem on a Sunday, and then cry out for his crucifixion a mere five days later. This book begins with Jesus' ministry to set the scene and provide background information. It then focuses on His final days of life. Throughout the book, the author respectfully discusses how his views of Jesus and his contemporaries differ from those in Reza Azlan's popular book, Zealot: T When the author watched The Passion of the Christ, he began to wonder how crowds could sing and dance upon Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem on a Sunday, and then cry out for his crucifixion a mere five days later. This book begins with Jesus' ministry to set the scene and provide background information. It then focuses on His final days of life. Throughout the book, the author respectfully discusses how his views of Jesus and his contemporaries differ from those in Reza Azlan's popular book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He gives sound reasoning behind these views. It is then explained how the people could swing from one extreme to the other in such a short time frame. Not only is the author skilled with details for study, but he is also an amazing storyteller. He painted pictures in my mind of Jesus that will stick with me forever. I enjoyed how he discussed the differences in the authors of the gospels -- and how those differences led to the details they each chose to include in their narratives about Jesus. This books is informational, but it will also touch you deeply.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was a really good read. It was eye opening for sure. As someone who has grown up in the church it puts things into perspective. It sure makes you look at what you would have done back in that time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Stoner walks us through the whole life of Jesus, pointing out the multitude of ways in which He forced the Israelite people, collectively & individually, to examine their preconceived ideas of what their Messiah would look like, and to decide if Jesus matched that vision or not. If not, they'd then have to decide if they were going to accept His new embodiment of the Christ or reject Him completely. Most everyone rejected Jesus as Messiah, and Stoner provides ample evidence as to why: Jesus did Stoner walks us through the whole life of Jesus, pointing out the multitude of ways in which He forced the Israelite people, collectively & individually, to examine their preconceived ideas of what their Messiah would look like, and to decide if Jesus matched that vision or not. If not, they'd then have to decide if they were going to accept His new embodiment of the Christ or reject Him completely. Most everyone rejected Jesus as Messiah, and Stoner provides ample evidence as to why: Jesus did not meet expectations. Though there's lots of conjecture of details that we can't possibly know, overall "Crucify" is a solid, informative book that forces the reader to face the same question that Israel faced 2,000 years ago: is Jesus the Messiah?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keith CARTER

    A brilliant look at the greatest story ever told as this must be the best book I have read on the subject of Christ. It is exceptionally well researched and takes a fresh look at the gospels. I have read quite a number of books on this subject but I must admit to being absolutely blown away by this book. Mr Stoner really brings the times alive, the poverty and the disease and the healing in Christs short ministry. This book has to be read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Horn

    excellent read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Traylor

    Good perspective I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave good insight and perspective to the time leading up to the crucifixion and the 50 plus days after.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Very compelling read Liked how the narrative was referenced and refuted by the very arguments of those who call it legend and myth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Amazing book This book is the best I have read on the crucifixion. It made it so vivid like I was there. Really gives the motivations of the leaders and in the end the crowds. I am so thankful I was led to it. I just can't say enough. Thank you Mr. Stoner for gifting us wit it. Amazing book This book is the best I have read on the crucifixion. It made it so vivid like I was there. Really gives the motivations of the leaders and in the end the crowds. I am so thankful I was led to it. I just can't say enough. Thank you Mr. Stoner for gifting us wit it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Randal Schmidt

    Decent book with an interesting perspective On Palm Sunday, the crowds cheered for Jesus. On Friday morning, they screamed for His death. What could cause such a dramatic change in their attitude toward this young rabbi? This is the central question of Stoner's book, and to answer it he examines the entire life of Jesus. In doing so, he points out numerous instances where Jesus raises expectations and hopes only to dash them. At the heart of this repeated rise and fall of the crowd's hopes is a p Decent book with an interesting perspective On Palm Sunday, the crowds cheered for Jesus. On Friday morning, they screamed for His death. What could cause such a dramatic change in their attitude toward this young rabbi? This is the central question of Stoner's book, and to answer it he examines the entire life of Jesus. In doing so, he points out numerous instances where Jesus raises expectations and hopes only to dash them. At the heart of this repeated rise and fall of the crowd's hopes is a profound misunderstanding of Jesus's intentions. His followers look for a Messiah to come with a sword against Rome and to inaugurate an earthly kingdom for the Jews. Yet Jesus knows that He has come for no such thing; He is the Lamb of God come to take away the sins of the world. He has come not to kill, but to die. He comes not to conquer Romans, but to conquer Death. The clash of these two personalities, the Messiah who was expected and the Messiah that actually comes, is the basis for the sudden shift in the crowd, the sudden change from fawning followers to fanatical enemies. Stoner does an admirable job tracing the growing discontent of the crowds with Jesus. His conclusion, that the crowd was plagued by a fundamental misunderstanding of Jesus' mission, is sound, and he proves it with numerous examples. Especially interesting is his exploration of the Disciples' own misunderstandings, and the ultimate revelation of this in their falling away that occurs on the night of their teacher's betrayal. One of the book's strengths is Stoner's deconstruction of Aslan's arguments in his recent book, "Zealot." I would have liked to see more of this. It becomes painfully apparent that Aslan's contentions are flawed and, like those fickle followers in the first century, reflect a profound misunderstanding of Jesus of Nazareth. Overall, this was a good book, and worthy reading for any Christian or for anyone interested in that bizarre and contentious rabbi whose brutal death changed the world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Louisa Black

    This book was such a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to further their knowledge of the Gospels, even if you have read them countless times there is always more to discover and this book will ad you in that discovery. The book paints a strong and vivid picture of the times Jesus was living in and why what He said and did caused such offence. The author draws you into understand and reflect on the accounts of the Gospels in ways you might not have reflected on befo This book was such a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to further their knowledge of the Gospels, even if you have read them countless times there is always more to discover and this book will ad you in that discovery. The book paints a strong and vivid picture of the times Jesus was living in and why what He said and did caused such offence. The author draws you into understand and reflect on the accounts of the Gospels in ways you might not have reflected on before.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

    First Row Witness/Testigo en primera fila That's what I fell when I was reading "Crucify" ,that I was watching the Pasion unfold in front of my eyes,with all of the details of the front row witness.I love it Eso es precisamente lo que senti cuando estaba leyendo "Crucifiquenlo",era como un testigo en primera fila observando la Pasion del Senior desarrollandose delante de mis propios ojos con todos los detalles. Me a gustado mucho y lo recomiendo (es en ingles) First Row Witness/Testigo en primera fila That's what I fell when I was reading "Crucify" ,that I was watching the Pasion unfold in front of my eyes,with all of the details of the front row witness.I love it Eso es precisamente lo que senti cuando estaba leyendo "Crucifiquenlo",era como un testigo en primera fila observando la Pasion del Senior desarrollandose delante de mis propios ojos con todos los detalles. Me a gustado mucho y lo recomiendo (es en ingles)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Rose

    Powerful This book sets out to answer an important question, how could a people who celebrated Christ's arrival on Palm Sunday call for his death less than a week later? The arguments are well reasoned and backed up by scriptures and rebuttals for counterargument. It was tough reading emotionally but very important. Powerful This book sets out to answer an important question, how could a people who celebrated Christ's arrival on Palm Sunday call for his death less than a week later? The arguments are well reasoned and backed up by scriptures and rebuttals for counterargument. It was tough reading emotionally but very important.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    thought-provoking Why did everyone turn against Jesus? Why did Jesus go out of his way to obscure his identity and mission? This book goes through his life exploring these questions, and provides reasonably satisfactory answers. Gave me a few new ideas. Definitely worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    A must read much of this I had either read or had been told by a Jewess I once worked for. Understanding the different aspects of a situation is necessary to truly understand the situation. This book opens up many avenues that I don't think many are aware of. A must read much of this I had either read or had been told by a Jewess I once worked for. Understanding the different aspects of a situation is necessary to truly understand the situation. This book opens up many avenues that I don't think many are aware of.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Dailey

    Great book concerning the scandal of grace and why thousands of adoring people yelled crucify in the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Laflamme

    Stunning! A true work of art about the most pivotal days in human history. A secret is brought to light and answered with the revelations in this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angel Graham

    Helps one to understand who by and how Jesus was crucified. Well written, well thought out. I will be rereading soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Murphy

    Very informative and down to earth, presents a new perspective

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin Farley

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Perkins

  24. 4 out of 5

    Micah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Fitzgerald

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Gonzales

  27. 5 out of 5

    stephen shumate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Betty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jackson Woodard

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