Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus` death in new book
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 21:46
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has tackled one of the most controversial and critical issues in Christianity in a new book, making a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people in the death of Jesus Christ.

In "Jesus of Nazareth," excerpts of which were released today, Benedict uses a biblical and theological analysis to explain why there is no basis in truth to claims that Jews as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.

Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.

While the Vatican has long echoed Benedict's conclusion, Jewish scholars said the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of missteps with Jews, was significant and would help fight anti-Semitism today.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 21:46

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