IBR Jesus Project 5. This article represents another contribution to the IBR Jesus Group and covers issues of background, historicity, and significance associated with the Jewish examination of Jesus by the leaders of Judaism. It argues that the core of this account is historical by working systematically through Mark's use of the theme of blasphemy, the question of whether the Jews had the right to execute Jesus legally, and potential witnesses, as well as examining the themes of Jesus' potential blasphemy and how Jews saw the potential for exaltation. The work represents an updating of my Blasphemy and Exaltation monograph by interacting with issues raised since it was published.

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