Take it easy, Jesus! We’re sorry we didn’t recognize you!

Jul 14, 2011 By Abraham 20

Supper at Emmaus, after Jesus’ companions talked to him for a few hours without knowing who he was…

(By Jan Oliehoek, via A Public Flogging)

The original by Caravaggio, for comparison…

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20 Comments

  1. Cassie says:

    Bahahaha…i’m in Ukraine and haven’t had good internet in a very long time. This is the first post in over a month from you that I have seen and it’s great. I have a lot of catching up to do when I hit state side!

  2. sara m says:

    My kids studied the real painting this past school year – well OK, a plate from a book, but I mean there was no gun or paper cup.

    I told them it was a picture of Jesus and they said, “Where?”

    “Right here,” I said pointing to the correct figure.

    “Jesus was a woman?”

    Yeah. Caravaggio.

      1. sara m says:

        Yep, I agree, but there’s a tradition, in which Caravaggio played a part, of depicting Jesus as so feminine as to mistake him for a woman – and that’s just odd.

  3. Mark Jr. says:

    Jesus likes 5 Guys? Or maybe He was mad that Judas brought a 5 Guys soda and ate the bag of fries before he got there. “Dude, how can you eat that much by yourself?”

    And as far as the feminine and Caucasian Jesus goes, He worked with his hands. He would have been way rugged looking and being a Jew, He would have had a long beard, shorter hair with the sides of the hair not cut, darker skin and probably brown eyes. This picture, if indeed blasphemous, is such without the gun and paper cup by virtue of so distorting His features so as to make Him look transgender.

  4. Sofia says:

    This “painting” is wrong in so many, many ways. Your blog is quite secular and many of your “finds” on the internet are pretty tasteless. There are so many good blogs out there that glorify God our Savior; unfortunately, this blog is irrelevant and a complete waste of time. 22 Words and its “curator” have officially crossed the line. Have you ever come across this insight into the life of Jesus? “… In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” (Hebrews 5:7) REVERENCE. 22 Words lacks reverence. My heart is racing now as I consider this verse too: “… And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:7. We all have to give an account. I’m old and unfortunately, have many, many regrets because of a criminal past. 22 Words is part of the younger generation and could be a bright light for the Good News; instead, it publishes irreverent junk. I sincerely doubt that this blog will publish this comment.

    1. Josh S says:

      Sounds like you should probably stop reading this blog and instead spend the day reading your Bible and handing out tracts to evildoers.

      1. Mark Jr. says:

        I tend to personally think that Jesus, at worst, rolled His eyes and was like, “wow…niiiiiice” when He saw this. It’s not like medieval art is sacrosanct and untouchable. I happen to believe He has a sense of humor and may even think that the only redemption this picture ever experienced was a baptism of humor! “At least I don’t look totally gay now”…
        And it’s not like it was a mockery of the Crucifixion itself; this edit job is more of a mockery of the lameness of the original painting, as I see it.

    2. Emil says:

      Wow, take it easy. I’m a christian myself and I have to say, I find this funny! Like Mark Jr. said, the medieval paintings are exactly that. Paintings! I would not make fun about the bible itself, but I do find these paintings quite strange or weird. This photoshopped edition of Caravaggio’s painting is just a mocking of the painting, not of the bible or Jesus.

  5. Joshua says:

    Yeah, I mean, how could they possibly excuse themselves after portraying Jesus as a white man? Talk about tasteless.

  6. sara m says:

    OK, I’ll bite – since we’re sucking out any funny that might have been here to begin with anyway-

    I don’t think it is strange for a European painter to paint a Jesus who looks European; he’s just reflecting his culture. To him, that is what a person looks like.

    It IS strange, however, that he would paint Jesus as soft, and feminine. If you take a look at the disciples, it is clear that the artist knows what men look like and is able paint that, but he made an intentional choice regarding Jesus. Why? Are women assumed to be more spiritual? Is this Caravaggio’s idea of a glorified body? Were all the religious men in Europe at the time overly effeminate?

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