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New Oberammergau Passion Play emphasizes: ‘Jesus was against hierarchy’

Catholic World News - May 28, 2010

The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play, which began on May 15 and will run through October 3, emphasizes that “Jesus was against hierarchy and against institutions,” according to one of the two actors who portray Jesus.

The play also places emphasis on Jesus’ Jewishness: Christ and the apostles wear yarmulkes in the performance. “Now Jesus is portrayed as a reformist rabbi,” says Rabbi Noam Marans of the American Jewish Committee.

“For many centuries Oberammergau was concentrated on a suffering Christ,” added the play’s director. “I wanted to give him a deeper profile, to show that he was a man who wanted to say something.”

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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - May. 28, 2010 9:51 AM ET USA

    Sounds like pc and other extraneous concerns are interfering with the Gospel. The Passion is not a slate on which you write personal opinions. It is the very foundation of the Gospel along with the Resurrection. It deserves to be proclaimed period.

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