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Who Was Responsible for the Death of Jesus?

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Abstract

Growing up, I was a big fan of the board game “Clue.” A murder has taken place, and the first player to correctly identify the murderer, the location, and the murder weapon wins the game (e.g., “Professor Plum in the Billiard Room with the Lead Pipe!”). My early attraction to “Clue” probably led to my adult attraction to mystery novels. Such “Who done it?” mystery games and books appeal to my curious side. The most famous murder in the history of humanity, however, is not a recent phenomenon; it took place nearly 2000 years ago. It is more globally recognized than the assassinations of such figures as Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy. Thousands of books have been written about this murder, and a religion calls the victim its cornerstone. Controversy has always surrounded this famous murder, and today is no exception. In an effort to assign blame, millions today are still asking: “Who killed Jesus?” The answer the Bible gives may surprise you. Moreover, perhaps we’re asking the wrong question . . .

Related Topics: Christology, Soteriology (Salvation)