Updated Holy Thursday, 2022
Scapegoating the Romans
and Pontius Pilate for Killing Jesus
By Michael Hoffman
It’s customary around Easter for the corporate media to publicize a Jesus-defaming news story. Ten years ago the New York Times propelled just such a libel, although it was initiated not during Lent, but one week before Yom Kippur, on September 18, 2012. It was headlined, “A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife."
On April 10, 2014, as Good Friday approached, the Times repeated the sordid “Jesus-Had-a-Wife” drivel from a new angle, “Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient.” The story seemed (at least in our opinion) timed to insult Our Lord and His followers during the most sacred season of the year for the Christians, "Holy Week." This calumny, supported by “scientists,” was afterward shown to be a shoddy academic hoax.
Almost every year near Good Friday, confusion is sown concerning the death of Jesus, usually put forth by a nationally syndicated, white liberal “Christian” columnist, or a sermon from a Protestant minister, or a priest of the modern “Catholic” Church. They proceed to focus culpability for Our Lord’s crucifixion almost exclusively on the Romans, and Pontius Pilate. A few years ago we were present for a sermon by a Jesuit priest at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington who devoted his homily to sparing the Pharisees a single harsh word while alluding to Pilate in no uncertain terms as "a thug."
According to the politically correct view now in vogue, the Pharisees of 33 A.D. were more sinned against than sinning.
Among falsifiers on the Right, are two luminaries in the ersatz white “Conservative” firmament:
Former Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly promotes the manifestly ridiculous Romans-are-to-blame-for-the-Crucifixion imposture in his book, The Last Days of Jesus.
He's not alone. On Holy Thursday (April 17) 2014, Andrew P. Napolitano, better known as “Judge Napolitano,” a widely admired figure among “Conservatives," at the website of Lew Rockwell (LewRockwell.com), wrote a column in which he had the chutzpah to state:
“On the first Good Friday, the Romans executed Jesus because they were persuaded that by claiming to be the Son of God, He might foment a revolution against them...they feared a revolution that would disrupt their worldly power, and so they condemned Him to death by crucifixion.”
Pharisaic Jews are not mentioned anywhere in Mr. Napolitano’s column concerning who is culpable for the Crucifixion of Jesus.
To assert that the Romans bear the lion’s share of responsibility is a contrived argument that serves to appease the media and the shadow government.
The fact that Jesus praised a Roman officer above everyone in Israel (Matthew 8:5-13), and that the Roman administrator Pilate urgently sought to save Christ’s life, calling him a just man, and being threatened by a mob as a result, is washed down the memory hole.
Historic Christianity, faithful to the Gospel narrative, had a very different view of Pontius Pilate. Francis Turretin (1623-1687), was a distinguished professor of theology and the author of the magisterial three volume study, Institutes of Elenctic Theology
(which was reprinted as recently as 1994). In vol. II, p. 489-490, Dr. Turretin wrote:
“…the kingdom of Christ…is conducted in a spiritual manner, recognizes no other honors and resources than righteousness, holiness, peace of conscience, salvation and eternal life; no other arms than the Word and the Spirit; no other fortifications than the protection of God. Pilate had this understanding of it.
“He (Pilate) clearly perceived that no prejudice could be created from it (the kingdom of Christ) against the empire of Caesar; otherwise he would not only have agreed with the accusation of the Jews charging Christ with rebellion against Caesar, but he would have been the first to think of taking Him out of the way.
"However, having dismissed this accusation of the Jews and (accepted) Christ’s own confession concerning His kingly office, he (Pilate) pronounces Him just and innocent, and desires Him to be cleared from condemnation (for he knew that for envy they had delivered Him, Matthew 27:18)…" (End quote from the 17th century theologian Francis Turretin).
The disinformation that renders the Romans the main malefactors is also undercut by none other than the Babylonian Talmud itself, in Sanhedrin 43a, where it is stated that the Romans were favorable toward Jesus and did not want to execute him:
“Rather it must be that the case against Jesus was different, because he had close connections with the non-Jewish authorities, and those authorities were interested in his acquittal.”
— The Steinsaltz Talmud, volume 17, p. 159
(Random House, 1998)
What is there to debate? We have God’s Word in 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15. This is an unambiguous statement. This Scripture was declared by St. Paul without qualifications of any kind.
The same is true here:
“The God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our Fathers hath glorified His Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered and denied before the face of Pilate, he judging Him to be released. But you denied the holy and just One, and asked a man-killer to be given unto you, but the author of life you killed ...” (Acts 3:13-15).
These are the Words of the New Testament.
Tough-guy O’Reilly told United Press International (UPI) on April 10, 2014: “...kids in public schools should learn about Christianity if they are American children. If they don’t like it, that’s too bad,’ he says.”
Wow, what a mensch. One question: which Christ is O’Reilly presenting in his history, the Christ of the Gospel or the Christ of the falsifiers?
The most authoritative rabbi in the western Judaic world is Moses Maimonides, “the Rambam.” He is venerated in the elite media and academia, though few of his gentile enthusiasts have bothered to discover what he actually taught. We regret to report that Maimonides was an unabashed Jesus-despiser. We realize we are not to use those words; that they are politically incorrect and “offensive.” By the grace God, we have no fear of uttering truth however, and in the case of Maimonides, this is the truth. In his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah, Rabbi Maimonides wrote: “The Christians are idol worshippers” (Avodah Zara 9:4).
“Idol worshippers” (true Christians) are subject to severe penalties according to the "Noahide Laws" promoted by every American President from Ronald Reagan forward, under the rubric of “Education Day USA.”
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 toward the conclusion of tractate Sanhedrin 43a in the uncensored edition of the Talmud Bavli:
Nowhere does the Talmud or Moses Maimonides, the supreme halachic authority for western Talmudists, blame the Romans, as do Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, Protestant "evangelists" and the corporate media.
There are literally thousands of Leftist academics and clerics, as well as Right wing leaders like O’Reilly, Napolitano, Pence, Pompeo, and televised “evangelicals," who minimize the role of Orthodox Phariseeism 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.
Because we are all sinners, it is true that in that sense, all of us are indeed guilty of Jesus’s crucifixion. But there is also the historical, Scriptural fact that the Pharisaic leaders who were the progenitors of Orthodox Judaism and its holiest book, the Talmud of Babylon, were directly responsible for killing Him. Jesus said, “Sin must come, but woe to those through whom it comes” (Luke 17:1).
Talmudism is in higher repute in Christendom now than ever in history and it is to the Pharisaic theology founded upon it -- and successive texts possessing halachic authority (such as the Mishneh Torah) -- to which our apologetic and educational efforts are centered.
Nothing we teach is a negative reflection on Judaic people in general. It would be diabolic to insult Judaic people as "Christ-killers." Due to our own dreadful sins every one of us is guilty of putting Jesus on that Cross of Calvary and being responsible for His death.
It is however, incumbent on us as Christians to lovingly correct errors, as did Jesus, John the Baptist and the apostles Peter and Paul. We pray for those who promote the falsehoods of Talmudism. We are not reluctant to proclaim the truth about the Jesus-denying snares and pits into which precious Judiac and other people fall as a result of the continuing influence of the Pharisaic nullification of Scripture, which was virulent in the first century and which has culminated in the 21st century distortion of the Good Friday narrative.
Boldly teaching proscribed Biblical truths is a necessary antidote to prevailing errors.
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