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  • I was actually discussing Mel Gibson's movie the other day with a group of people, including a couple Christians. I personally am Jewish by heritage and atheist by religion, but I still identify as a Jew.

    One good point that was brought up was that Jesus was very much rocking the boat of the established Jewish religion, and undermining the Jews who had power at the time (and good for him for doing so!). So it'd hardly be surprising if some of those Jews did want him dead.

    People in power using that power to remove opposition no doubt predates Jesus by many, many years, and it hasn't stopped since then.

    So if Gibson's movie portrays some Jews working to kill Jesus, that'd hardly be evidence of anti-semitism. Instead, I'd think that it showed a good understand of the politics of power.

    Of course, context is everything. If the only Jews in the movie besides Jesus and his disciples are an anonymous bloodthirsty mob, I'd have to assume that Gibson chose that depiction for a reason. OTOH, if the movie depicts the politics that would motivate some Jews to want to kill Jesus, that'd be pretty interesting, IMHO. I'm kind of doubting that's what it does, since to Christians Jesus is the son of god, not a great revolutionary.

    Actually, I think a movie about Jesus as a radical revolutionary would be really, really cool, but I doubt it will ever be made. Talk about rocking the boat.
    • if the movie depicts the politics that would motivate some Jews to want to kill Jesus, that'd be pretty interesting, IMHO. I'm kind of doubting that's what it does, since to Christians Jesus is the son of god, not a great revolutionary.

      I don't know why you think that. Jesus as Revolutionary is throughout the New Testament. Why do you think most of his followers -- from John the Baptist, through the disciples, through to Paul -- were imprisoned and killed? And read John 11:45-57, where the plot by the J