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Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus

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The death of Jesus is one of the most hotly debated questions in Christianity today. In his massive and highly publicized The Death of the Messiah, Raymond Brown -- while clearly rejecting anti-Semitism -- never questions the essential historicity of the passion stories. Yet it is these stories, in which the Jews decide Jesus' execution, that have fueled centuries of Chris ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 1996 by HarperOne (first published June 5th 1995)
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I read this book after watching (in the theater, god help me) that ultimate Christian snuff film that was The Passion of the Christ. I couldn't help thinking, as the audience members around me cried out and praised Jesus, that all of this hullabaloo was a little sensational not to mention inaccurate. Instead of falling prey to the notion that the Jews were solely responsible for the death of Jesus (one justification for centuries of anti-Semitism) or of viewing the passion stories as history rem ...more
Was a good book, but rather confusing at the same time. The book title is rather tantalizing but SPOILER ALERT: the answer is not a surprise. As for Crossan's stated intent, to discuss the origin of antisemitism... he never really does except barely in passing. What it is is a study and analysis of the NT.
Very difficult to follow at times. VERY intellectual and complex in the reasoning and research presented, but compelling. The teaser title of "roots of anti-semitism" is buried under the author's constant commentary and comparison with another author's book. Thought-provoking in terms of when the gospels were written, whether they were historical events presented later or old testament prophesies presented as predictions coming true during the age when the gospels were written. Also interesting ...more
Helpful to read alongside the Gospel of John.
Timothy James Lambert
An excellent look at the Passion narrative which attempts to answer the question. Is it History remembered or Prophecy historicised.
As well as looking at anti-Semitism, Crossan addresses Christ's atonement and resurrection. It seems that many scholars who profess to be Christians do all they can to undermine our faith in Jesus Christ.
Whew! I am finally done. This book was well researched and documented, but reading it was very much like studying a textbook.
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Crossan is a top-notch Jesus historian. Unlike some of his larger tomes, this is very readable.
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John Dominic Crossan is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, and Who Killed Jesus? He lives in Clermont, Florida.
John Dominic Crossan was born in Nenagh County in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1934. He was educated in Ireland and
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