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With much of the Christian community eyeing the upcoming holiday weekend, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes Stephen Mansfield for a fascinating and timely primetime interview.
Author of the upcoming book "Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Notorious Execution," Mansfield uses tonight's platform to answer any potential critics who are suggesting his work – which implicates the Jews for Christ's murder – may be anti-semitic in its essence:
"It's not at all anti-semitic," Mansfield insists. "In fact, in making that distinction – between the small group of leaders who were sort of cow-towing to Rome and thus were corrupt and were going after Jesus – making a distinction between them and the average Jew, on the street in Jerusalem, I'm actually dealing with that very issue."
While Mansfield does maintain that those who served to set Christ's killing in motion were Jewish, he's specific in suggesting that it was a select group of Jews, and therefore, the entire faith should not blamed for his death:
"The fact is that Jesus was quite popular with the people. That's why this small group of leaders tried him overnight, that's why they were concerned that the crowds would rise up and that he could lead a rebellion. And when they paraded him through the streets, the next day, after that overnight trial, and took him out to be crucified, the people wept and wailed," the "New York Times" bestselling author tells Piers Morgan. "So the idea, that all of the people of Jerusalem, all the Jews of that time, sort of crucified Jesus, and were part of this conspiracy is false. And in me making that distinction, I think I'm trying to strike out that anti-semitic lie that's existed all through our history."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Mansfield goes on to explain what he deems to be a handful of incontrovertible facts about Jesus Christ. Then tune in this evening at 9 for more with the author whose appearance comes on the single most-holy weekend for Christians across the world.
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