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Here, Jesus' cry "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me" is not so much a cry of dereliction as a cry of aversion to what his crucifiers had done--in order to establish their guilt.
For crucifiers, the twisted, burned, or slashed body signified elemental justice, a necessary, even moral, act in a drama of punishment and pain that portrayed good and evil in a way that could sacralize white supremacy at least for the moment.
They generally did so on the premise that as the crucifiers of Christ, the Jews constituted just as much an enemy as the Muslims.
60) Even though William unsurprisingly considers Jews to be the treacherous crucifiers of Christ, he also criticizes their barbarous treatment at the hands of avaricious English Christians (308-9; 312; 313).
He spoke of the pallium as the yoke of Christ, as the lamb that had been lost and then saved from an outer and interior wilderness, as God who became a sacrificial lamb for a world "that has been saved by the Crucified One, and not by the crucifiers.
With the coming of Christianity a new myth of Rome prevailed, as the paradigm of secular power, persecutors and crucifiers.
This newspaper also called the pre-1938 Jewish backers of Mussolini "the incorrigible crucifiers of proletarian Christ.
Feeney invoked the deicide accusation, denouncing Jews as "descendants of the crucifiers of Christ" who plotted to take over the world, using the Communist movement as an instrument.
Jesus' salvation of the souls trapped in hell is thus construed as the starting point of a game; the heavenly play of salvation contrasts with the diabolical play of the devil, Herod, and the crucifiers depicted in earlier scenes of the sequence.