Bach's St. John Passion: Ravishing and Disputed

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 03:39 PM

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Comments [2]

Enivel Lirva from New York, NY

What a ridiculous commentary. The text is historical. It is not antisemitic - it does depict a negative act instigated by Jewish people. The man Jesus was crucified at the request of Jews, who brought him to the Roman authorities. Complaining that the historical recording of a past act sheds a negative light does not erase the act, or change the past. Friends, this is the real world. People hold beliefs and convictions which, by their very nature, exclude certain other beliefs and convictions. It is the case that at a certain point Christianity does NOT agree with Judaism, and one is offended by the other. No matter what this obscene post-modernity tells us, no one can accept all world views. We can all get along, and maybe we can all love - but we cannot all agree.

Apr. 15 2013 09:48 AM
Bernie from UWS

I don't find it troublesome because, as mentioned, Bach was simply setting a Biblical text. The Bible has lots of passages that would be deemed offensive today - about stoning women for adultary, etc. What's more problematic are some of Wagner's caricatures of Jews, which were clearly anti-Semitic.

Mar. 23 2012 08:25 AM

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