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Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

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So how can the code for hatred be broken? Only when we all fully grasp the Jewish foundations of Christianity.

That's why I've organized an art exhibit, "Putting Judaism Back in the Picture:Toward Healing the Christian/Jewish Divide." The massive number of Medieval and Renaissance artworks conditioned the way Christians and others perceived Jesus and Jews over the centuries. Moreover, they have placed a wedge between Christians and Jews by depicting Jesus as exclusively Christian, without a hint of his Jewish origin. Their legacy continues to reverberate today, as in the Harvard newsletter.

In vaporizing Jesus' Jewish identity these artworks have falsified biblical history. Jesus and his family typically appear as blond fair-skinned Northern Europeans living in palatial Romanesque settings surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance Christian saints and other anachronisms. This imagery has fed the illusion that Jesus and Jews were of different religions and ethnicity---and were in conflict. These false implications run counter to the depiction of the thoroughly Jewish Jesus in the Gospels.

For this exhibit, artists are invited to submit artworks that restore Jesus' Jewish identity and introduce balance by presenting the two sides of the Jesus story: Jesus the faithful Jew and Jesus whose life and teachings inspired a new religion that developed after the crucifixion. The premise of the exhibit is that the historic alienation of Christianity and Judaism will not be healed until Jews look at Jesus and see a faithful Jew (even if not accepted as the Messiah) and Christian look at an orthodox Jew and see Jesus.

Bernard Starr is a psychologist, college professor and journalist. He is the author of Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew. Website: click here.

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Bernard Starr, PhD is a psychologist,journalist, and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His latest book is "Jesus,Jews, and Anti-Semitism in Art:How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus' Jewish Identity and How (more...)
 

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Can this charge be put to rest?... by Bernard Starr on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:41:33 AM
What is the "rationale" behind racism? There is no... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:09:56 PM
The ancient bizarre charge has resurfaced in a Har... by Bernard Starr on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:11:58 PM
Jesus was killed to kill the movement against slav... by Textynn N on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 1:35:21 PM
The Hebrew scriptures are full of examples of coll... by Peter Duveen on Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:24:39 PM
"We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung ... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 12:59:41 PM
Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian of the 1st ce... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 3:52:26 PM
How do you reconcile your sense (which I accept) o... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 4:21:37 PM
Robert, I don't accept Mr. Starr's idea that Jesus... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 6:59:27 PM
Three strikes and you're out? 1) I agree Mr. Starr... by Robert S. Becker on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 12:41:37 PM
Robert, I'm not as critical of Mr Starr as you are... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 3:21:50 PM
You're probably more kindly, certainly more Christ... by Robert S. Becker on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 4:45:01 PM
E.J.N: I use the term orthodox to emphasize that J... by Bernard Starr on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 8:51:29 AM
"The important point is that Jesus was Jewish to t... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:55:36 PM
I agree with you that Jesus was a Jew, and that he... by E. J. N. on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 10:16:36 PM
Was it Israel's last orthodox King Herod (we have ... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 7:38:42 PM
I think there was another Herod that followed, Her... by Peter Duveen on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 6:09:00 PM
Ya seems as if I recall an Agrippa guy.  It w... by Michael Dewey on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 11:52:53 AM
I think we can agree that the Romans crucified Jes... by Derryl Hermanutz on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 10:51:08 PM
  From a Christian's point of view we all kil... by Bob Gormley on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:41:20 PM
This view makes sense. Not only the Jews, but huma... by Peter Duveen on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 8:16:48 PM
Peter, I agree that the idea that a "ransom" had t... by E. J. N. on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:49:55 PM
Crucifiction was an Roman means of execution, ... by sesquiculus on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:04:09 PM
Then to add to all this there is the statement sup... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 4:49:58 AM
Burl, as you know, I think your analyses and perce... by E. J. N. on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:06:25 PM
Very nicely done essay, EJN.  It helped me to... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:16:59 AM
Thanks, Burl and EJN.  You honor this page wi... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 11:51:59 AM
Thanks Robert and Burl. You know, in my head I oft... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 3:45:39 PM
Powerful reply E.J.N.  ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:21:33 AM
I have to add something else relevant to this disc... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 3:00:28 PM
Well said and on point. Think of the weirdly perve... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:32:39 PM