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Jesus is back in Jerusalem - and he's wearing a kippah

    The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is hosting a provocative new exhibition.

    At the centre of the display is a life-size, marble statue of Jesus wearing a kippah, titled “Christ Before the People’s Court”. 

    The figure, created by Russian Jewish artist Mark Antokolsky in 1876, is part of a collection of more than 150 artworks by 40 Jewish and Israeli artists designed to challenge and showcase religious attitudes in the Christian and Jewish communities. 

    Ziva Amishai-Maisels, a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem who specializes in Christian imagery in Jewish art, said that observant Jews were unlikely to visit the exhibition, titled Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art. She told the Washington Post: “Those who do go might be stunned,” she said, “but I don’t think they will react badly.”

    Among the exhibits are Marc Chagall’s Yellow Crucifixion, which depicts the suffering of Jewish Holocaust victims through the image of Jesus Christ as a Jew. The painting is also a comment on an old European tradition of using the crucifixion of Jesus as an excuse to persecute Jews.

    Perhaps the best-known contemporary artwork on display is Adi Nes’s depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, which substitutes Israeli soldiers for the apostles. Mr Nes’s photograph sold at Sotheby’s for $250,000, the highest an Israeli photograph has ever fetched. 

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