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For: The Gospel of Anonymous: Absolving All Men of the Most Hideous Crime of Deicide by László Bitó
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RENOWNED EUROPEAN AUTHOR OFFERS A CONVINCING APOCRYPHAL GOSPEL THAT REFUTES THE ROOT CAUSE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
New York, NY: The charge that the Jews are responsible for the scourging and crucifixion of Christ has been at the root of anti-Semitism from the early years of Christianity to the present day. True, Pope Benedict XVI recently declared that the Jewish people were not responsible for deicide -- only their leaders were. A similar declaration was also made by the Vatican almost half a century ago, although without any effect, since in the Good Friday liturgy, hundreds of millions of churchgoers continue to hear that the Jews forced Pilate to release Barabbas, the robber, and crucify Jesus instead. Without presenting an alternative account of the events that led to the crucifixion, the original incriminating story would continue to provide rich soil for anti-Semitism.
László Bitó stands up against this scourge by presenting a fascinatingly brilliant reinterpretation of that fateful Passover almost 2000 years ago. Bito's book, The Gospel of Anonymous: Absolving All Men of the Most Hideous Crime of Deicide, published by iUniverse, has been praised by important religious leaders: Rev. Chloe Breyer, the director of the Interfaith Center of New York, wrote: "Bitó's book is a delightful read and imaginative corrective to the real threat of modern anti-Semitism." Professor Bruce Chilton, the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, writing about the "lethal disputes between church and synagogue," concluded: "[This is a] sympathetic projection into the personalities and motivations of the people involved ... and the result is a richly rewarding reappraisal."
In his thoughtful and far-reaching retelling of the story, Bitó presents Barabbas as a childhood friend of Jesus who had taught that "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15.13) and was ready to offer himself to free his friend from Pilate's dungeon. This Jesus, in Bito's ingenious apocryphal gospel, saved hundreds of lives after Judas reported to him that in the absence of Barabbas, the leader of the zealots, the ferocious sicarii were planning to lead the zealots into an armed insurrection against Roman rule. With arms hidden under their cloaks, they were to enter Jerusalem, mingling with the thousands of pilgrims arriving for the High Holidays. But they would be massacred to the last man, together with many of the festive innocents, for his spies had reported the plot to Pilate, who was ready to send his own men, also with concealed weapons, into the crowds. Judas helped Jesus to free Barabbas at his own peril and he never betrayed the Master. In Bitó's account, Jesus did say aloud during the Passover supper that the one he offers food to will betray him, but did so only to annoy Pilate's omnipresent ears, who could hear his words, but could not see who received the offer. The faithful Judas was hanged by the sicarii when they learned of his role in the freeing of Barabbas, who did prevent the insurrection. László Bitó retired from Columbia University in 1997 as Emeritus Professor of Ocular Physiology. This was after his research had led to the introduction of a new drug to forestall the development of tunnel vision in glaucoma, saving the eyesight of millions. Returning to his native Hungary, he stood up against spiritual blindness and become best known for his highly praised Biblical novels: reinterpretations taking into consideration human emotions and aspirations that are not mentioned in the original parables and, in the process, presenting a more humane godhead. For more information on the author see http://www.laszlobito.com