More on Hasidic Painter, Marc Chagall’s Golem ‘Jesus’ Resurrected by Pope Francis

UPDATED FEB. 5

More regarding the image on the cover of Pope Francis’ new book.

Chagall’s own explanation of his concoction of the Hasidic ‘Jesus’ in his paintings:

“My Christ as I depict him, is always the type of the Jewish martyr, in pogroms and in our other troubles, and not otherwise.” (From Rebel to Rabbi: Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture, Matthew B. Hoffman, p.225)

From Susan Tumarkin Goodman, senior curator at the Schiff-Warburg funded Jewish Museum in New York:

“Employed to address the ongoing destruction of European Jewry, the image of Jesus as a sacrificed Jew became a virtual obsession for Chagall … interpreting Jesus as a significant figure in Jewish history or as a symbol of Jewish martyrdom through the ages …” (“The Chagalls, Joined in a Sketchbook,” Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Forward, June 05, 2011)

… “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile,” a startling and provocative show opening September 15 at the Jewish Museum in New York … As the exhibition’s curator, Susan Tumarkin Goodman, notes in the catalogue, the museum is aware that some constituents might find the subject transgressive … 

The counterintuitive twist is that Chagall deployed the crucified Jesus as a tragic, urgent messenger whose purpose was to bear witness to the suffering of the Jews and bring it to the attention of the world … 

Chagall, who was raised in a Hasidic home, had his own doubts about using Christian imagery, at various points consulting the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Israeli president Chaim Weizmann on the matter. But in the end, he kept painting Jesus … 

Chagall described the act of painting Jesus as “an expression of the human, Jewish sadness and pain which Jesus personifies,” he explained. “…Perhaps I could have painted another Jewish prophet, but after two thousand years mankind has become attached to the figure of Jesus.” (“Resurrecting Chagall’s Jewish Jesus,” Robin Cembalest, Art News, Sept 10, 2013) 

According to The Jewish Museum’s senior curator emerita, Susan Tumarkin Goodman, “To Chagall, the figure of the crucified Jesus was the most powerful image to convey his anguish at the annihilation of European Jewry. He equated the martyred Jesus with the plight of Jews.” (“Chagall’s Jesus: The great Jewish artist’s controversial Crucifixion years,” Caroline Lagnado, The Jewish Week, Sept 11, 2013)

Also see:

Counterfeit Israel’s Counterfeit Jesus

Why Does Pope Francis Promote the Hasidic Painting, “The White Crucifixion”?

Pope Francis’ Favorite Painting

Pope Francis’ ‘Modernist’ Hasidism

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7 Responses to “More on Hasidic Painter, Marc Chagall’s Golem ‘Jesus’ Resurrected by Pope Francis”

  1. annely Says:

    It is scandalous for Francis to have this for his book cover and he knows it. And it is an insult to the Body of Christ to not grace his writing with a reference to the meaning.

  2. Maurice Pinay Says:

    I agree annely. I believe he knows exactly what he's doing; he's as duplicitous as the Hasidic tradition that informs his favorite painting.

  3. Therapsid Says:

    This is interesting: “Chagall, who was raised in a Hasidic home, had his own doubts about using Christian imagery, at various points consulting the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Israeli president Chaim Weizmann on the matter.”

    So, he consulted the rabbis and wise men before doing these paintings. How many other works of art, film, drama, music, etc. might be the products of this sort of Talmudic deliberation?

    It appears that Chagall used the image of Christ purely instrumentally. He wasn't grappling with Christ, even from the vantage point of a curious non-believer. He used the image because it would effectively convey his insidious message.

    When I read this: “but after two thousand years mankind has become attached to the figure of Jesus,” I read “mankind” as “the nations”, as “the goyim”.

  4. Maurice Pinay Says:

    Chagall made his motive very clear:

    “My Christ as I depict him, is always the type of the Jewish martyr, in pogroms and in our other troubles, and not otherwise.” (From Rebel to Rabbi: Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture, Matthew B. Hoffman, p.225)

  5. Logan Says:

    I'm jew wise and I've been studying Catholocism lately with an eye to converting.How can I though when the Pope is so obviously pushing the Jewish agenda?!?

    He simply can't do enough for them, and putting that garbage painting on the cover of his book is the icing on the cake.

    I like the depth of Catholocism but those whose nation has no borders have well accomplished their mission to subvert the mother church.

    That sickening Chagall painting as bookcover is triumphalism, plain and simple. No doubt it was chosen for the Pope by his Jewish handlers.

    I just discovered this blog, thank you for all your hard work!

  6. annely Says:

    Logan, If you are going to become a Catholic I'm glad you are more prepared so as not to fall in with Modernists. In Christ the King Lives and Reigns.

  7. LeonG Says:

    Of course this pope knows what he is doing. yesterday he claimed the Old Latin mass was just a kind of fashion. He's a man with a loose and divisive tongue who hides himself behind a thin veil of sanctimonious humility.
    In fact, he is just as knowing as Benedict XVI who manipulated The Latin Mass to inveigle traditionalists into the NO church and to fool Bishop Fellay, only for a while thankfully, that there was a place for all in this eclectic quasi-zionist postmodernist organisation.
    Francis is just as subversively liberal modernist as John Paul II and gay Paul VI. They have all knowingly exploited ecumenical and interconfessional processes through revolutionary liturgical and pastoral praxis. The terrible paradox of this all is in the manner of lauding the masonic UN which now has turned its evil hand against them for covering up child abuse, while the UN itself promotes infanticide and suicide; aids and sexual abuse itself through its aid workers and programmes operative world-wide.

    Logan said:
    You must look to the invisible Catholic Church and turn to Sacred Tradition. Avoid the NO like poison. You can be a sincere Catholic today because Our Blessed Lady has special graces that She dispenses with Her beloved Son. The Rosary and various novenas can help and above all get to The Latin Mass where you can. Most of all do not obey the pope slavishly – only when he speaks matters of Faith and morals that concur with the traditional catechism.

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