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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.

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    • 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 Jewish leaders to have Jesus eliminated if described in some detail (I am not blaming Jews here, just describing the politics that you said you doubted would be in the movie, which are, in fact, in the movie :-).

      Revolution is a very common theme for Christians and their interpretation of the meaning of the New Testament. The focus is on the spiritual and not the political, but it is quite clear in the Bible that Jesus pushing for a spiritual revolution caused the leaders to feel threatened politically.

      This movie is not really about that -- it is about Jesus' suffering -- but if one were to be about that, I can't see how it would be "rocking the boat." It's right there in the Bible already.