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"Today this passage [John 3:16] is invariably interpreted to mean that God placed Jesus in the world to die on the cross, but at no point does this story mention death. It does not use the Greek verb paradidomai, the word that John’s Gospel specifically uses to describe the action of those who 'gave' or 'handed over' Jesus to be crucified. John 19:16 makes clear that Pilate, not God, 'handed him over to them to be crucified.' Jesus’s words to Nicodemus are about birth and life, not death and the afterlife."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 40


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