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Withdraw Proceedings Against Author of New Volume on Jesus

November 23, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Yielding to the demand of the German Liberal press, the State Attorney withdrew the blasphemy proceedings instituted by the authorities against Dr. Werner Hegemann, member of the Evangelical Church and author of a new life of Jesus, in which he propounded the theory, contrary to the interpretation put on the text of the Christian gospels, that Jesus was not crucified.

According to Dr. Heyemann’s hypothesis, the Jerusalem crowd, reported in the Gospels to have asked the Roman procurator for the pardon of Barabbas, another prisoner, and for the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, had asked for the pardon of Jesus, whom they termed in their Aramaic dialect Bar Nash, the son of man. The procurator, according to Dr. Heyemann’s theory, granted elemency to the Bar Nash, which, by wrong transliteration in the narrative, became Barabbas, giving rise to the later interpretation that Barabbas was saved but Jesus was crucified.

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