Pondering the Passion: What's at Stake for Christians and Jews? explores how the story of the death of Jesus has been imagined and portrayed over the centuries. In the shadow of the Holocaust and under the eye of contemporary scrutiny, the varied and often conflicting depictions of the Passion of Christ raise questions lying at the heart of both the Jewish and the Christian faiths: Who was Jesus? Why was he executed? What role did the Jews play in his death? How is Jesus' death redemptive? What does it mean to be saved? What are the psychological effects of seeing Jesus brutalized? How can artistic and creative license affect belief and doctrine in the religious imagination of the Judeo-Christian tradition? Beginning with the world of the first century and the circumstances of Jesus' execution, the prominent Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish contributors consider the diverse perspectives of the canonical gospels; depictions of the Passion in Christian art, music, drama, and film; biblical and theological interpretations of the crucifixion; and contemporary ethical, educational, and psychological issues. Edited by Philip Cunningham, a leading authority on Jewish-Christian dialogue, this collection is must reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, especially in light of contemporary depictions of and discussions over depictions of the Passion.
Philip A. Cunningham is executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning and adjunct professor of theology at Boston College. Interested in biblical studies, religious education, and theologies of Christian-Jewish relations, Dr. Cunningham is a member of the advisory committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, he has for several years co-convened its continuing seminar on Biblical Issues in Christian-Jewish Relations. His two most recent books are A Story of Shalom: The Calling of Christians and Jews by a Covenanting God and Sharing the Scriptures.
Part 2 Introduction: The Passion-"What's at Stake for Christians and Jews?" Part 3 First-Century History Chapter 4 The Jews Under Roman Rule Chapter 5 The Problem of Jewish Jurisprudence and the Trial of Jesus Chapter 6 Why was Jesus Executed?: History and Faith Part 7 The Bible Chapter 8 Separating the True from the Historical: A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives Chapter 8 Protestant Understandings of the Passion Part 10 The Arts Chapter 11 The Depiction of Jews in Early Passion Iconography Chapter 12 The Passion in Music: Bach's Settings of the Matthew and John Passions Chapter 13 Oberammegau: A Case Study of Passion Plays Chapter 14 Celluloid Passions Part 15 Theology Chapter 16 What Does it Mean to be Saved? Chapter 17 Why is the Death of Jesus Redemptive? Part 18 The Passion of Christ Chapter 19 A Challenge to Catholic Teaching Chapter 20 Gibson's Passion in the Face of the Shoah's Ethical Considerations Chapter 20 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? The Psychological Risks of "Witnessing" the Passion Chapter 22 Educating for a Faith that Feels and Thinks