i was just watching this video on youtube, "the hidden jesus" where a christian theologian explores other religions with stories similar to the jesus story.
what got my attention was in part six where he makes the claim that "for the last 2000 years christianity and judaism have been at war over jesus. why? because of what some consider christianity's biggest lie."
(you don't actually even have to watch the whole clip).
anyhoo, from my catholic school days, we were never taught that the jews were christ-killers or anything bad like that... (well, that's a different subject...)
but basically, the bible i read said that pontius pilate didn't want anything to do with jesus' execution. he didn't break a law... so he "washed his hands of him" and had him whipped and then handed him over to the local rabble who were calling for jesus' death. the romans as occupiers of the city of jerusalem maintained the peace but let the mob go to town and kill the guy (by a roman method).
i personally doubt that jesus ever really existed. and the trial and "passion" stories have SO MANY HOLES in them, i doubt they can be taken seriously by classical scholars.
but the stories we have in the canon clearly state that the roman authorities whipped him and handed him over to the mob. the romans did not crucify the guy.
is this christianity's greatest lie?
what do you think?