1. pp. 387-92
2. pp 392-95
Today, pp. 395-99
Two more points today in Allison's experiment--what could we infer about Jesus' death if all we had were Paul's writings.
3. We would infer that Jesus died at the hands of the Romans.
Allison points out that the Romans were pretty much the only ones that put people to death by crucifixion, indeed the only ones who put people to death in general. Allison also spends a good deal of time arguing that 1 Cor. 2:6-8 refers to human rulers of this age, which would primarily be the Romans.
4. Jesus was likely put to death as an insurrectionist, although not because he had actively led an insurrection.
I find Allison's argument here a bit less solid, but of course I'm convinced anyway. The references to Jesus as the Christ in itself points to an understanding of him as a king. Yet Paul speaks of him in terms of peace, as one who "became obedient to death."
Like I said, I agree that the historical evidence points toward Jesus' dying as a messianic "insurrectionist," without him ever leading an insurrection. But I'm not sure if Paul's writings alone could establish this point from a historical perspective.