Monday, March 31, 2008

Jesus as Che/Jesus as Hero

Jesus as Che
Originally uploaded by Paul Grant.

I was just corrected over at Flickr about my source material.

I inaccurately named Che Guevara as the source for this picture; a user from the UK pointed out the original--a well-known passion-week painting.

I do think, however, that Che Guevara or otherwise, the point of the image is to transform the popular image of Jesus from a weak and effeminate one to a hairy-chested big-man. And he certainly was! He was a carpenter for most of his life, after all!

But again, we ought to be very careful about how we sell this image, i.e. not to turn Jesus into the Barabbas everyone wanted at the time.


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