2- I wasn't blaming "the Jews", so please don't raise that accusation. I was blaming those Jews in authority who were afraid of Jesus' influence.
3- You portray Jesus as "loyal Jew", and while Jesus did come to fulfil the law of the Jews, he often went against the teachings and beliefs of the Pharisees and other Teachers of the Law. Consider Jesus' comments on ritual handwashing (Mark 7:14-19). Jesus condemned the practises of the Pharisees (who had a very specific set of rules about hand-washing, and if not adhered to exactly, made one "unclean" for meals - I'll share sources, if you like). Instead, Jesus said that it was actually what came out of a man's mouth that made him "unclean".
4- To reiterate, I have never claimed the Jews were responsible, so don't throw out claims of anti-Semitism. The authors were not being anti-Semitic in their statements, and neither was I. I hope you're not stooping to playing the anti-Semitism card just to shut down those who disagree with your point of view (it truly would be a shame to bring such a Logical Fallacy into the debate)?!?!?!?!
~ Regards, PA
To wash one's hands before a meal was not a law in Judaism but a tradition. Jesus did not come to revive traditions but the spiritual sense of the laws in Matthew 5:17-19. And Jesus was of the line of the Pharisees. He had no reason to keep a grudge against them. That grudge was in Paul for having been expelled out of Israel for the havoc he caused in Jerusalem preaching in the Jewish synagogues, that Jesus was the Messiah and the son of God. (Acts 9:30)
And this about Jesus condemning the Pharisees, as we have in Matthew 23:13-33, about thoses curses against the Pharisees, I do not believe they went
from Jesus' mouth, but if you do, it becomes evidence that Jesus broke the Golden Rule of not to do unto others what we would not like they did unto us. It means that Jesus sinned, which would set him in need of a salvior himself.