Saturday, July 3, 2010

Passion Play: More balanced or Less True?












The Alpine village of Oberammergau has performed the passion play for more than 400 years and it is considered the most famous one in the world. It is staged only every ten years, and roughly half of the village's population - some 2,500 people - perform in it. This year changes are being make to the performance, which began in 1633 to fulfill a promise the village made to God if he were to end the Black Plague. In this year's edition, Christian Stueckl, the passion play's director, has altered the script and staging to make even clearer that the Jews at the time could not be held responsible for the killing of Jesus. "Jesus understands himself completely as a Jew. He was never baptized, he never had a First Communion, but he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at 12 and died as a Jew on the cross," Stueckl told the AP at an interview in May. "Increasing awareness of this is very important to me."

Christian Stueckl should have checked his facts before he made his changes. This year’s passion play may be more balanced - but it is also blantantly untrue.

“Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses." (Acts 3:12-15)

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

. . . Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

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1 comment:

  1. It continues to amaze me that people who are able to read completely miss some of the truths of scripture. The statements made by the play's director show that he is obviously ignoring some critical parts of God's word.

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