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PostBlaming Jews for Killing Christ: Reflections from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 11/09/18 3:28 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
John Heelan (November 8th) wrote, "The continuing evidence of the medieval ghetto structure in many such towns across Europe demonstrates that Christians were still blaming Jews for the death of Christ. (Actually it was the Romans who condemned him to death, urged by the Sanhedrin!)"
I find this logic by Christians who blame the Jews for the death of Jesus quite twisted. Yes, it was the Sanhedrin, who were the Jewish elite, who called for the execution of Jesus because he was a threat to their power. Yes, they were Jewish, but to blame all Jewish people because of this is hardly logical. After all, Jesus himself was Jewish, as were his disciples and all his early followers. To blame the Romans, specifically Pontius Pilate for the execution of Jesus, one needs to understand that Pilate was caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, he couldn't find a legal reason to execute Jesus, but on the other hand, he had to keep the peace, especially amongst the power elite (the Sanhedrin). So he "washed his hands."
JE comments: I vividly recall an experience in Spain (Granada) in 1985: an elderly widow--my host "mother"--asked a visiting Jewish friend why she (she, not "you people") killed the Lord. Fortunately, my friend laughed the whole thing off, and responded that to her knowledge, she had not.
Could the "Christ Killer" narrative be the foundational myth of all cultural othering? Ric Mauricio omits one theological detail: suppose the Sanhedrin had ignored Christ and let him keep preaching. What then of the entire death and resurrection? If Christ had died a natural death, Christianity would have lost much of its "oomph."