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Jesus lived and died a Jew – 6th Sunday of Easter 2023

Throughout history the reading of John’s Passion as a dramatic performance on Good Friday in Church and public passion plays has caused immense harm to Jewish communities, synagogues have been attacked and Jewish people abused and killed.  It has been used by unscrupulous rabble-rousers and leaders to create a febrile and toxic atmosphere of ‘us and them’, friend and enemy, insider and outsider. And since then innumerable daily prejudices, countless pogroms, and the bitter black shadow of the Holocaust.

He worshipped regularly in the synagogue, preached from the Hebrew scriptures and with Jewish symbols and metaphors, he celebrated Jewish festivals, went on pilgrimage to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and was ministered to by Jewish priests. 

He was born, lived, taught and died – a Jew.

 

So what is the legacy of John?

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