Passion pointers

Suggestions from the American Jewish Committee
The American Jewish Committee suggests that Passion plays should take these points into consideration:

1. Jesus must be depicted as a faithful Jew, not as someone opposed to the Torah. He should be portrayed as a pious, observant Jew of his time.

2. The Hebrew Bible, called “The Old Testament” by Christians, must not be seen in Passion plays as either outmoded or replaced by the New Testament. Judaism must not be pitted as a stereotype against Christianity in a battle between a static, overly legalistic religion and a religion of love and compassion.

3. Jesus and his followers, all of whom were Jews, should not be set in direct opposition to the wider Jewish community of the time. [The conflict] should not be presented as a clash of the”old bad guys” versus the “new good guys.”


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