Dr. Russell Martin received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Religion. He is interested in all aspects of life in Judaea at the time of Jesus, particularly the way in which the country was governed by Judaean leaders at the time when it was a Roman province.2006 0-7734-5828-X
This book describes, analyzes and interprets the extent of local Jewish autonomy in Judaea during the period 6 to 66 CE. It is the book’s purpose to illustrate and clarify whether the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem in this period had the authority to pass sentence in capital cases and to execute such sentences. The background and context of this investigation is the trial of Jesus, but the issue at stake is of general historical interest as well.