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Old February 5 2014, 09:22 PM   #144
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Re: Movies that OFFEND you

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
How well documented is Jesus' death really?
Surprisingly there is quite a bit outside of the new testament of course. But Mel Gibson's re-creation was offensive because if you see the film it almost exclusively blames Jews for Jesus execution to the point of being anti-Semetic. When add in his behavior on several occassions and anti-Semetic drunken statements I think at least IMO the Passion of Christ was more so a Passion of Mel's against Jews.

Lucian of Samosata was a second century Greek satirist
The Christians . . . worship a man to this day--the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. . . . [It] was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.
Jesus in the Babylonian Talmud

On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald . . . cried, "He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy."
Josephus, a first century Jewish historian

About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he . . . wrought surprising feats. . . . He was the Christ. When Pilate . . .condemned him to be crucified, those who had . . . come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared . . . restored to life. . . . And the tribe of Christians . . . has . . . not disappeared.
Reporting on Emperor Nero's decision to blame the Christians for the fire that had destroyed Rome in A.D. 64, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote:

Nero fastened the guilt . . . on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome. . . .
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