Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identify in Renaissance Art?

July 10, 2014 7:48 PM

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Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identify in Renaissance Art?

It is unarguable that Renaissance art erased Jesus' Jewish identity. Just walk through any museum gallery of Renaissance artworks or look at images of Renaissance paintings in books and you will see a Christian Jesus with no trace of Judaism. This, despite the fact that the Gospels tell us that Jesus, his family, and followers were dedicated Jews. Anglican priest Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus, has underscored that fact: "It became clear to me that everything Jesus did was as a Jew, for Jews, and about Jews." Other Christian and Jewish scholars have also confirmed this reality. Even Bill O'Reilly, in his book Killing Jesus, affirms Jesus' Jewish identity right up to the crucifixion.

How could the Jewish Jesus be so obvious to scholars and even lay people, yet art historians, curators, and critics ignore the glaring absence of Jesus' Jewish identity in Renaissance artworks. In exhibitions you will find elaborate descriptions and analysis of the minutest details of the featured a...

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