Pope: Jews not to blame for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

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Pope's Rejection of Jewish Guilt

Pope: Jews not to blame for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

A new book by Pope Benedict XVI asserted that Jews were collectively responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Reuters reports quoting the press service of the Vatican. Theological and biblical confirmation of this thesis are contained in the second volume of Pope’s bestseller titled “Jesus of Nazareth”, which will go on sale next week.

The Catholic Church officially rejected the idea of collective responsibility of the Jewish people for Christ’s death.

In his book, Pope refers to a quote from John’s Gospel, which says that Jesus was persecuted by “Jews.” He points out that the use of St John of the word does not indicate the entire Jewish people, and by its very nature is not a racist. John himself was a Jew, just as Jesus himself and all his followers. All the early Christian community was composed of Jews. According to Benedict XVI.

Benedict concludes: “The temple aristocracy.” The Gospel of Mark expands the circle of accusers to “the masses,” which Benedict explains were supporters of Barabbas, the brigand chosen by the crowd to be released instead of Jesus. “In [the Second Vatican Council’s text], this was all said in one sentence, but here it’s spelled out and worked out in great detail,” says Sievers.

The Pope pays special attention to a passage in the Gospel of Matthew which is often used to stir up anti-Semitism. In that passage, Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect overseeing the crucifixion, washes his hands and declares himself to be innocent of the death of Jesus: “Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!'” Benedict argues that the phrase “the people as a whole” is ahistorical. “How would it have been possible for the entire population to have been present at that moment to ask for the death of Jesus?” he writes. The blood of Jesus, he adds, should not be seen as a call for revenge, but spilled in the name of reconciliation: “Not a curse, but redemption, salvation.”

These words of the Pope received positive feedback from the representatives of Jewish communities. “This is a huge step forward. Refuted the assertion, which served as a theological justification for centuries of anti-Semitism “- said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Society of Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

Pope Benedict in the book examines Jesus’s passion and death as reported by the different Gospels and the interpretations of other biblical scholars. He draws a modern lesson from Pontius Pilate’s question “What is truth?”

Rejection of truth, the pope says, is a rejection of freedom.

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  1. Matthew 27
    But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

    And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

    “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” – Romans 3:4 – Thus says the LORD GOD / The Lord JESUS CHRIST!

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