Reuven Rubin’s 'Temptation in the Desert.' Avraham Hai / Israel Museum

How Jewish Artists Reclaimed Jesus as Their Own

Though Jesus has traditionally been a taboo subject among observant Jews, he has served as a common theme for modern Jewish painters and writers. Now the Israel Museum is devoting an exhibition to portraying the way local artists have engaged in dialogue with 'that person'.

Blaring headlines in 1994 cited rumors to the effect that the popular Israeli musician Matti Caspi, who was then living in the United States, had joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect. The suggestion that he now...

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