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Topic - Stephen Mansfield
Mel Gibson was criticized for the graphic portrayal of the Crucifixion in "The Passion of the Christ," and the cable miniseries smash "The Bible" was criticized in some quarters for its realistic rendering. Neither of these versions, however, comes close to the gripping and compelling account brought to readers in "Killing Jesus," a book by Stephen Mansfield.
Singer-songwriter Amy Grant and her husband, country-music star Vince Gill, assembled some of the most talented musicians in pop, country, rock and bluegrass at the Kennedy Center June 8 for the launch of Challenge America. This is a national initiative to link services in each community that can be of help to wounded veterans.
"Scourging in the Roman world was a ripping away of the flesh, straps with bone and rock [and] flesh was torn away," he explained. "We have many descriptions of this of people who had been scourged."
Such treatment, Mr. Mansfield said, lines up with prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures: "In the Old Testament, you have descriptions of the suffering Messiah saying, 'All my bones were exposed.'