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Does Renaissance Art deny Jesus Christ his Jewish identity?

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 11:42am IST | Place: Mumbai

Is Renaissance Art ahistoric in the sense that it fails to capture what historians have confirmed time and again: that jesus was a Jew. Bernard Starr, Professor Emeritus in City University of New York, wrote in a recent article, that Renaissance artwork goes against Biblical history by not bringing out the Jewish identity of Jesus "despite the fact that the Gospels tell us that Jesus, his family, and followers were dedicated Jews." He quotes Anglican priest Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus, who has also written that, "It became clear to me that everything Jesus did was as a Jew, for Jews, and about Jews."?

He argues that by omitting a crucial fact in history and therefore falsifying it, the art works have gone to a long extent to support the anti semitism pervasive in the world.

Starr who is the author of Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew, takes the examples of powerful painters like Jan Swart Van Groningen and explains what he calls the "ethnic cleansing of Judaism" in Renaissance art.

He says these omissions spanning over hundreds of years could not have been a conspiracy and goes on to show the status of the Jews in Europe in medieval Europe. 

All the art lovers might like to read the full stories.

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