Part Eight Of “The German View of Judaism” Series
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685 in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach (Germany).
He became a renowned composer, known for spreading the Baroque movement which expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performances.
In 1724, he wrote Saint John’s Passion to perform on Good Friday in Leipzig, Germany.
The music examines the death of Jesus from the account in John’s Gospel.
Jews frequently claim this version of Christ’s passion is the most anti-Semitic.
Jonathon Tobin of the Jewish World Review magazine claims “the Gospel of John is the worst in the Christian tradition.”
He believes it is “filled with appositions of good and evil in which “the Jews” are the personification of the latter.”
In the John’s Gospel, Jesus performs miracles and is clearly presented as the son of God.
Therefore, everyone who rejects him is entirely wicked and sinful.
This fits with German Idealism and dialectic logic.
(For example: right and wrong, good and evil, natural and artificial, order and chaos)
With this worldview, Germans symbolized what was right and good. They had faith in spiritual ideas and promoted logos (the natural order), the ideal way things should be.
By contrast, Jews symbolized what was wrong and evil. They were consumed by their material greed for wealth and disrupted logos, bringing chaos.
Similarly, the Gospel of John collectively names the enemies of Jesus as “the Jews”. He claims that “the Jews” as a whole demanded the death of Jesus.
In St. John’s Passion, Christ explains that:
“My kingdom is not of this world,
Were my kingdom of this world,
My servants would fight that I not be handed over to the Jews;
But my kingdom is not from here.”
Meanwhile, the Jews collectively chant “Crucify, Crucify!” and demand Christ’s death.
A transcript of St. John’s Passion is posted on the University of Vermont website:
Bach’s music is revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.
St. John’s Passion clearly captures the glory of Christ and the wickedness of the Jewish mob that demanded his execution.
This article is part eight of “The German View of Judaism” series:
Introduction: Jett & Jahn Media Presents “The German View of Judaism”
Charlemagne: Capitulary for the Jews
The German Crusade of 1096
Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies
Immanuel Kant: Anthropology From A Pragmatic Point of View
Johann Gottlieb Fichte: A State Within A State
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Spirit of Christianity
Arthur Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John’s Passion
Ludwig Von Beethoven: The Beethoven I Knew
Richard Wagner: Judaism & Music
Conclusion: Modern Germans & Judaism