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Jesus Wasn't Killed by the Jews: Reflections for Christians in Lent

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The Passion narratives contain painful anti-Semitic tropes—particularly the Gospel of John, which is read world-wide every Holy Week. These readings have been used over the centuries to brand the Jewish people as “Christ-killers” and to justify discrimination and violence. Here, religious scholars and writers address the historical, theological, and exegetical consideratio ...more
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Published January 9th 2020 by ORBIS
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Robert D. Cornwall
Who killed Jesus? According to the Gospels, it was the Romans, with input from Jewish religious leaders, with possibly a mob stirred up by this consortium of Roman and Jewish leaders. Why is the question relevant for Christians to consider during Lent? The reason is that Christians have historically condemned Jews as Christ-killers. At a time when anti-Semitism remains a significant problem, we need to make sure we keep our facts straight.

Jon Sweeney has put together a provocatively titled book
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Andrew Doohan
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prompted by yet another shooting in a Jewish synagogue, this series of short yet thoughtful essays are something that every Christian should read. This is especially true for any Catholic who wishes to remain faithful to the teaching of the Church as elucidated in Vatican II's document Nostra Aetate.

And yet there is more to do, more to think about than simply embracing the official position of the Catholic Church (for those who are Catholics) or being faithful to the revelation to be found in th
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Coleen Dailey
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book the subtitle of which is Reflections for Christians in Lent. The most immediate reason this book was written was the shootings at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue in October 2018 and the shooting at the Poway California Synagogue in April 2019. The conversation is something all of us must have. We can't just sit back and say It shouldn't have happened, thoughts and prayers to the families, etc. Although this book is more to start the conversation, in my opinion, I found ...more
John Mcchesney-young
Seventeen contributions in 122 pages hints at how brief they are. Many are written at a very introductory level; a few have footnotes pointing elsewhere, but only one - "Why We Need to Translate Ioudaioi as 'Judeans'" by Wes Howard-Brook, one of the stronger essays - includes an explicit section with suggestions for further reading, which for the brevity of the treatments would have very appropriate for many of the others. That said, the content is good and I found the Afterward by Amy-Jill Levi ...more
Francine
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this because of the contributors. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book and was excellent as a selection to read during Lent 2020.
Highly recommended...you will not be disappointed.
Traci Rhoades
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Many different viewpoints in essay form. It offers historical context, scriptural explanation and application. I'll not refer to the Hebrews in Scripture or a modern-day Jew flippantly again. 
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Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and writer of popular history. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Montpelier, Vermont. He has worked in book publishing for 25 years: after co-founding SkyLight Paths Publishing, he was the editor in chief and publisher at Paraclete Press, and in August 2015 became editorial director at Franciscan Media Books.

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