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May 23, 1986

On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ-Reply

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1986;255(20):2757-2758. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370200054022

In Reply.—  The various comments are both informative and thought provoking and predominantly address two major issues: motives and methodology. They differ considerably from the supportive letters that have accompanied more than 100 of the 700 reprint requests received to date.

Motives.—  We recognize that the nature of Jesus' death is an exceedingly sensitive and emotional issue for many groups. His death, which in early years was used as a call for love,' was transformed to justify hatred and a reprehensible history of repression. We view with utter revulsion this history and its anti-Semitic notion of collective guilt.Accordingly, the present accusations of anti-Semitism are most distressing. We categorically deny anti-Semitic intent or inference and condemn anti-Semitism loudly and passionately. Moreover, we would mourn the day that anyone would attempt to use our study to promote anti-Semitism, and we pray that the emergence of this topic may never result in