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[Dumbing Down] BBC, Try Harder…

Posted by Lex Fear on September 9, 2008

Just near the end of watching the BBC “documentary” Who Killed Jesus?

I thought the BBC were against conspiraloonacy, but it seems that they fully embrace it when it suits!

This time they’re trying to push the theory that the gospel writers made up the part about the crowd saying “let his blood be upon us, and on our children”, to exonerate Pontius Pilate and stir up anti-semitism.

What a crock of sh*t, seriously! The gospel writers take great pains to document sick being healed, dead people rising from the grave, demons cast out, the resurrection itself? Yet the BBC choose to focus on the bit about Pontius Pilate, because, y’know all that other stuff is pretty believable but the Romans not responsible for Jesus death? – I don’t believe it!

For the record, I don’t think Pontius Pilate exonerated himself, but the problem here is with language used. You see, the majority of people in 1st Century Palestine, apart from the ruling Roman authorities, just so happened to be Jewish, because, Oh I don’t know, that’s where they’d been settled for at least 400 years?

So when the crowds are screaming for Jesus to be executed, unfortunately, most of that crowd are going to be Jews. Just as most of the people sitting in on an execution in Texas are going to be Americans.

But just as many Americans oppose the death penalty, guess what, many Jews at the time would have been opposed or even uninterested in the execution of Jesus.

Here’s the other part of the story that was missed (of course, we’re assuming that you’re happy with the rest of the New Testament, since you’re only questioning a few lines in the book of Matthew). Jesus was a Jew! Yes, way! Not only that, the 12 disciples were Jews! I kid you not!

In fact, at the time many of those disciples originally assumed that Jesus had come only for the Jews, they refused to sit and eat with gentiles! It was only due to Paul (aka Saul), who came along later and instructed the early church that they must also accept gentiles and treat them equally.

Paul himself testified that he came first for the Jews, then for the gentiles.

So BBC, well done for releasing a documentary that not only propogates a half-assed conspiracy theory, but one that is factually incorrect and attempts to spread FUD about anti-semitism in the founding of Christianity.

How can Jews be anti-semetic? Ask the BBC, they seem to know!

Interesting Fact: The last docu-drama the BBC put out about Jesus apparently went some way to exonerate Pontius Pilate of Jesus’ execution. Schizophrenic production team, or attempt at non-bias? You decide.

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4 Responses to “[Dumbing Down] BBC, Try Harder…”

  1. Gayle said

    Good post, Alex. Nice to see you back blogging! Have you given any thought to a post on the book you were reading a few months ago – William Young’s _The Shack_?

  2. mattghg said

    Another thing I once heard was that at the time the phrase “let [x] be on us, and our children” was a common, if extreme, expression of seriousness, sort of like “I swear on my mother’s life” is now.

  3. Alex Fear said

    @Gayle

    I finished reading The Shack, I did have an opinion on it but I’m not sure I’ll dedicate a blog post. I did leave some comments over at SCL if you care to have a read what I and others thought. It’s a very mixed opinion- Almost like marmite (love it or hate it). I personally think the book is overhyped…

    @Matt

    Hey, I never thought of that… I’m going to remember that and use it 😉

  4. Gayle said

    Thanks for the link to SCL. Wow – 83 comments! I guess I wasn’t the only one that wondered about the book. I couldn’t finish it – it just rubbed the wrong way. But my friend couldn’t say enough good things about it and so I thought maybe I was missing something.

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