Making Peace With Christianity – Behold The Man: Jesus In Israeli Art

“Fascinating article in Israel Hayom (Israel’s most read newspaper) about a surge of interest by Israeli Jews — and especially by Israeli artists, authors and scholars — in the person of Jesus, his Jewish roots, and the Jewish roots of Christianity. There’s even a new exhibit at the Israel Museum of Israeli Jewish paintings depicting Jesus not as an enemy of the Jews but as a tragic figure of history.”
Joel C. Rosenberg

The exhibit “Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art” at the Israel Museum treats Jesus not as an enemy of the Jews but as a tragic figure • “New winds” that began blowing decades ago are leading the two faiths to develop a better relationship.

An exhibit titled “Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art” is currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Visitors may be surprised to see that Jesus — the Jewish Yeshua from the Galilee — is treated by Israeli artists not as an enemy but as a tragic figure.

Coincidentally or not, this exhibit comes after the publication of Amos Oz’s book “Judas,” which includes a heart-wrenching description of the crucifixion, and after the airing of the 15-part documentary series “And the Earth Was Without Form and Void — The Story of the Land of Israel.” In one episode, dedicated to Jesus and the birth of Christianity, narrator Yochi Brandes says, “I love Yeshua.

Researching the birth of Christianity, I learned that he is not to blame for the anti-Semitism or the persecution of Jews that was committed in his name throughout the generations. Yeshua lived and died as a Jew. A good Jew. A loyal Jew. An observant Jew. I don’t view him as a messiah, but I certainly see him as a prophet. … When I was a little girl in the ultra-Orthodox world I learned that Jesus — Yeshu in Hebrew — was an acronym for ‘yimach shmo vezichro,’ may his name and his memory be erased. That is why I make a point of calling him Yeshua, that is how I express my love and admiration for the great Jew.”  Hayom

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