A story in the March 27 issue of the Carroll County Sun, headlined "Holy Week, Easter celebrate life after death," contained the following statement:
"Judas, one of his followers, betrayed Jesus that evening to the Jewish leaders who considered him a threat to their power. He was crucified the next day, which is celebrated as Good Friday."
The Gospel texts state that the crucifixion itself was carried out by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Biblical scholar Eugene J. Fisher writes, "The arrest of Jesus . . . was done covertly and at night precisely because of his popularity with the (Jewish) people of Jerusalem." The small group who called for the death of Jesus, a Jew, did not speak for the whole Jewish people, Fisher said.