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The Pope's new book

2011-03-11

Religion and Judaism professor Herbert Basser is available to talk about Pope Benedict’s new book Jesus of Nazareth that will be released March 10. The Pope writes that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus.

“The book may well become a religious classic. It blazes a path for those perplexed by the massive problems facing the challenge of believing the Gospels in the twenty-first century,” says Dr. Basser. “The work is a ‘testament’ to a creative mind which wants to find a way to hold together the tangle of contradictions in the Gospels. To accomplish this task, the author has to stand a few things on their heads, most creatively that ‘blood on one's head’ does not mean ‘guilt’ for Jews but a reference to redemption available through the act of the Crucifixion and its sacrificial meaning.”

Dr. Basser is the author of Mind Behind the Gospels, the second volume of which covers similar material to the Pope's new book.

To arrange an interview, please contact Christina Archibald at christina.archibald@queensu.ca, 613.533.2877 or Michael Onesi at michael.onesi@queensu.ca, 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, Queen’s News and Media Services.

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