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As Christianity spread from Israel to other parts of the world, artists would often portray Jesus, not as a Middle Eastern Jew, but as one of their own. This is why we see European looking Jesuses, African Jesuses, and Asian Jesuses. In the first picture, you can see a Chinese John the Baptist baptizing a Chinese Jesus. After this Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted and John went home and cooked up some General Tso’s locusts.
Making Jesus into someone the locals can relate to is not a bad thing in and of itself. No doubt the artists had to work with the models they had. Sometimes, however, there is another reason to make a non-Jewish Jesus. Anti-Semitic bigotry forces some to recreate Jesus.
In the painting “Christ Among the Doctors” the young Lord appears to be blonde, fair-skinned, and might actually be a chick. But notice how the other Jews in the Temple are made to look? Here the point was, “Jesus wasn’t one of those people.”
With the recent resurgence of the BLM movement, I am seeing more and more folks wanting a Black Jesus (not this one), and it seems to be based out of anti-semitism.
When there was a Black Lives Matter rally in my town, the lead speaker explained that Jesus was Black and had dreadlocks, Moses was Black, and the Sphinx was also a Black guy but people cut off his nose to cover up that fact. Evidently the Black Moses freed the Israelites from the Black Egyptians and the people we have been calling Egyptians and Jews for the past few thousand years are all covering up the fact that they stole their identity from western Africans.
Then I saw a BLM activist on TV explain that Jesus was Black because the Bible said he had hair “like wool” which he took to mean as having a similar texture to wool. Unfortunately, the full quote from Revelation says, “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.” So the wool reference here was describing the color of the Lord’s hair in John’s vision. It was not talking about whether Jesus had an Afro or not. The BLM activist also explained that Jesus was killed because “that’s what they do to Black activists,” which really misses the point of the cross.
After that, football player DeSean Jackson put a quote on social media saying that “Negroes are the real Children of Israel” and that Jews are trying to cover that up because it will mess up “their plan for world domination.” Jackson didn’t come up with that idea on his own. Instead, he was offering up a quote from Hitler. Here is a pro-tip to you kids on social media, if the best quote you can find to support your position comes from Adolph Hitler, you might want to give a little more thought to the issue. Nick Cannon said more or less the same thing as Jackson, but he had the good grace to not mention Hitler by name.
So, what is this about? Not just disliking Jews but claiming you are the “real” Jews? Why?
2,000 years in diaspora and one group of people kept the faith, the culture, traditions, and language alive. Now we are being told they are the fake ones? Sorry, I’m pretty sure the real Jews are . . . you know . . . the Jews.Published in