Neither Are We Enemies

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Neither Are We Enemies is a made-for-television drama that is set in Judea at the time of Christ. It was broadcast on NBC as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Easter special on March 13, 1970.[1]


The primary characters are the Hebrew judge Joseph of Arimathea and his son Jonathan.

Both men are troubled by the Roman occupation of their land; both have listened to the words of the prophet Jesus. Joseph sees the man of Nazareth as the Messiah, sent to give the people hope without stirring up revolution. Young Jonathan, filled with the same seething resentments as his friends, hears a different message. He interprets Jesus's words as a call to arms.[1]


Scriptwriter Henry Denker said: "I wanted to interpret the events surrounding the crucifixion with a parallel to the conflicts of our time."[1]

Neither Are We Enemies was produced by Peabody Award winner Jacqueline Babbin.[1]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Van Heflin Joseph of Arimathea
Kristoffer Tabori Jonathan
J.D. Cannon Pontius Pilate
Ed Begley Annas
Kate Reid Deborah
Leonard Frey Judas Iscariot


  1. ^ a b c d TV Guide, March 6-13, 1970, p A-90

External links[edit]

Neither Are We Enemies on IMDb