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PostAn Appeal for a New Convivencia (John Heelan, UK, 11/08/18 3:58 am)
JE commented on Eugenio Battaglia's post of November 7th: "How can anyone say there wasn't an 'important Jewish tradition' in Europe? You should visit Aldona's city of Lublin someday, with its Yeshiva, its medieval downtown. Almost any city in Poland has a similar history."
Indeed! It's a history of "Man's inhumanity to Man" or Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil."
The continuing evidence of the medieval ghetto structure in many such towns across Europe demonstrates that Christians were still blaming Jews for the death of Christ. (Actually it was the Romans who condemned him to death, urged by the Sanhedrin!)
I have visited many old "juderías" during my work in al-Andalus, such as those in Córdoba, Seville's Barrio Santa Cruz (sic) where I lodged for a time, Segovia, and many others. Even those Jewish houses during the "Convivencia" of al-Andalus when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived relatively peacefully side by side (although Ronald Hilton disputed this!) did not have any windows overlooking the streets for some reason. In Sevilla, many of today's Christian churches were previously mosques or synagogues. In Córdoba, even the famous Mezquita has a similar history. The Mezquita has a Christian cathedral within it. I visited many ancient synagogues in the old quarter of Córdoba.
It is shameful that the three monotheist religions are unable to reach a new Convivencia, even though their individual Gods demand that they should do so. Until they do, they will continue to hold the world to ransom with and their religious leaders face Hades in the afterlife.
JE comments: The biggest irony of the inability of the monotheists to get along: they purportedly share the same single God. If this god were different in each case, then the animosity would make sense.
But there is hope, such as the following. Good for the Canadians:
Blaming Jews for Killing Christ: Reflections from Ric Mauricio
(John Eipper, USA
11/09/18 3:28 AM)
Ric Mauricio writes:
John Heelan (November 8th) wrote, "The continuing evidence of the medieval ghetto structure in many such towns across Europe demonstrates that Christians were still blaming Jews for the death of Christ. (Actually it was the Romans who condemned him to death, urged by the Sanhedrin!)"
I find this logic by Christians who blame the Jews for the death of Jesus quite twisted. Yes, it was the Sanhedrin, who were the Jewish elite, who called for the execution of Jesus because he was a threat to their power. Yes, they were Jewish, but to blame all Jewish people because of this is hardly logical. After all, Jesus himself was Jewish, as were his disciples and all his early followers. To blame the Romans, specifically Pontius Pilate for the execution of Jesus, one needs to understand that Pilate was caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, he couldn't find a legal reason to execute Jesus, but on the other hand, he had to keep the peace, especially amongst the power elite (the Sanhedrin). So he "washed his hands."
JE comments: I vividly recall an experience in Spain (Granada) in 1985: an elderly widow--my host "mother"--asked a visiting Jewish friend why she (she, not "you people") killed the Lord. Fortunately, my friend laughed the whole thing off, and responded that to her knowledge, she had not.
Could the "Christ Killer" narrative be the foundational myth of all cultural othering? Ric Mauricio omits one theological detail: suppose the Sanhedrin had ignored Christ and let him keep preaching. What then of the entire death and resurrection? If Christ had died a natural death, Christianity would have lost much of its "oomph."