Miller says, “I have heard people say that Jesus was put to death because he was a good man or because hypocritical Pharisees feared him. This really, though, is the stuff of nonsense. The New Testament Gospels reveal several historical factors, all near the end of Jesus’ life, that led to his execution; his goodness and his quarrels with Pharisees were not among them.
“Entering the city [on a “donkey”] deliberately mimicked Solomon, David’s son, who one thousand years earlier rode the royal mule as part of his declaration of kingship (1 Kgs. 1:32–40).”
“Such an event suggested in unmistakable terms that Israel’s king was Jesus, not Caesar. Thus, from the very moment of entry into Jerusalem, Jesus was set on a collision course with Roman authority.”
This book is far from the Truth in contending that the “…hypocritical Pharisees feared him…is the stuff of nonsense.” And I am going to sell this nonsensical heresy back to Logos.
Miller needs study equine anatomy a bit to distinguish between a foal of an ass and a royal mule and to read Matthew 23 and consider the whole Bible, including the following excerpts:
33 So Pilate … called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” (Jn 18:33–38 ESV, Typical).
[After Jesus raised Lazarus] 45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. (Jn 11:45–53).
Jesus predicted the uprising by the Jews that did actually challenge Roman authority and warned His followers to flee from it (Luke 12:20-24). And the Holy Spirit through Paul and Peter very adroitly addresses the contention by the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees that it was the Christians who rebelled against the Romans. (Acts 21:27 – 28:31; Rom 13:1-7; and one last, very fitting quote:
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. (1 Pe 2:13–15).