Happy Easter! He is risen!
Sometimes it’s human nature to blame others for misfortunes. And this characteristic seems to be quite old. For example, I just finished reading The Decline and Fall Of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. Writes Gibbon: “On the 10th of August, A.D. 70 , the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the hands of the Jews themselves, rather than by those of the Romans.” So, that’s one example of blaming others.
Then I came across this interesting article by historian Michael Hoffman, Scapegoating the Romans and Pontius Pilot for Killing Jesus.
“Rabbi Maimonides stated that Jesus was killed “by the court,” a reference to the rabbinic court: “Yeshu the Christian, who imagined himself the messiah and was killed by the court…” (Rabbi Moses Maimonides, Mishneh Torah: Laws of the King 11:4).
Maimonides is echoing the halacha (rabbinic law) concerning the execution of Jesus as detailed in the Babylonian Talmud in Sanhderin 43A.
Nowhere does Moses Maimonides, the supreme halachic authority for western Judaics, blame the Romans, as do Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, as well as American conservatives and liberals.
There are literally thousands of “conservative” leaders like the popes of Rome, O’Reilly, Napolitano, Pence, Pompeo, and television and radio “evangelicals” who minimize the role of Orthodox Pharisaic Judaism in the killing of the Son of God, putting the onus on the Romans and Pilate, so as to curry favor with those who exert an inordinate influence on the corporate media.”
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Mr. Hoffman’s essay is a very good read to counter the misinformation promoted by Christian Zionism.