Renowned for its impeccable legal reasoning and lucid prose, this compelling study is based on a close reading of the four gospels. It reconstructs the accounts of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John and examines their discrepancies. The final two chapters put these accounts into the context of Jerusalem's legal and political environment. Radin's goal is not to pass judgment, but to reconstruct one of the most significant events in history, which he does with remarkable skill. Radin [1880-1950], the son of a rabbi, had a thorough education in Hebrew, Greek and Latin in addition to his legal training. A professor of law at Boalt Hall, Berkeley, he was a versatile scholar of jurisprudence and international, comparative and Roman law.
Radin, Max. Law as Logic and Experience. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1940. ix, , 171 pp. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-30670. ISBN 1-58477-008-2. Cloth. $55. * "Although this volume does not purport to be a serious contribution to legal science or to legal philosophy, it is full of the mellow wisdom, the gracious erudition, the provoking phrase, and the human sympathy that make almost anything that Max Radin says or writes worth pondering. It presents a series of lectures on two texts: the dictum of Coke, J. 'Reason is the life of the law,' and the dissenting opinion of Holmes, J., 'The life of the law has not been logic, it has been experience.'" Felix S. Cohen, Harvard Law Review 54:711. Marke, A Catalogue of the Law Collection of New York University (1953) 924.