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Bernard Starr, Ph.D., psychologist/journalist/gerontologist, was formerly professor of developmental and educational psychology and director of a graduate program in gerontology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. He is founder, and for 25 years the managing editor, of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing Co.); also editor of the Springer Series, Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC that was twice nominated for the Alfred I. duPont Award in Broadcast Journalism. His numerous op-ed and commentary articles on issues of an aging society for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. From 2008-2010 he was president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and is currently the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India. Dr. Starr is co author of The Starr-Weiner Report on Sex and Sexuality in the Mature Years (Stein and Day and McGraw Hill; also British and German editions). His latest book, Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free, is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

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Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:27 PM

A few years ago I gave a talk on art, perception, and anti-Semitism to a mostly Jewish audience at an adult education program in New York City. I opened with the statement "I love Jesus" and paused while I gazed at the audience for what felt like an endless 20...

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Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:04 PM

In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, "Inside every Christian is a Jew." But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even...

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Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:11 PM

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Jesus Preaching in the Synagogue in Capernum by Maurycy Gottlieb -- wikimedia.org

Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent HuffPost blog on his July 16 The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to...

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Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:48 PM

It is unarguable that Renaissance art erased Jesus' Jewish identity. Just walk through any museum gallery of Renaissance artworks or look at images of Renaissance paintings in books and you will see a Christian Jesus with no trace of Judaism. This, despite the fact that the Gospels tell...

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Our Oceans Are Dying: Mobilizing an Indifferent Public to Confront This Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:21 PM

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I did not expect good news when I attended the reception at the Museum of Natural History on June 25th to learn about the results of the Global Ocean Commission report on the state of the world's oceans. These days, reports...

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Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The public was surprised if not shocked by the recent revelation that the mother of the late Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, Archbishop of New York from 1984 to 2000, was Jewish. In the Jewish tradition, having a Jewish mother makes a person Jewish. What's more, Cardinal O'Connor's grandfather...

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Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus Illustrates the Problem With the Gospels

(204) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:39 PM

If the irresistible temptation to fashion Jesus in one's own image persists today, nearly 2,000 years after the crucifixion, it must have been even more tempting for the gospel writers, translators, and scribes who reproduced "the words of God" to do the same.

The gospel according to Bill O'Reilly...

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The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:49 PM

After writing several articles about the merits of self-publishing, I was invited to moderate a panel on self-publishing at a prestigious annual writers' conference at Hunter College in New York City. The conference follows three days of writing workshop intensives. For the last two years my panels included...

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The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:47 PM

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Soon after it opened in London in January, I attended a preview screening in New York of The Railway Man, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film has just been released...

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Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:36 PM

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Christ Before Pilate by Mihaly Munkacsy--Wikimedia.org


If you were accused of a crime punishable by death wouldn't you use your best defense? And if you believed that you didn't commit a crime and, moreover, that the accusing authority lacked jurisdiction over...

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The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians -- and the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks

(12) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:22 PM

I was puzzled when I first learned about the Christian Feast of the Circumcision. The celebration, which dates to the sixth century or earlier, commemorates the circumcision of Jesus. Over the centuries Jesus' foreskin (prepuce), which many churches claimed to possess, was worshiped as the "Holy...

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Tribute to the Beatles -- and Sid Bernstein Who Brought Them to America

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:27 PM

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In 1994, when I was hosting a talk show, along with my colleague Marcella Weiner, on WEVD-AM radio in New York City, we had the privilege of interviewing Sid Bernstein on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the...

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Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:09 PM

When I recently visited the impressive Marc Chagall exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York City, I was surprised that more than half of the 31 paintings include a crucifixion theme. More surprising, the dying Jesus is clearly a Jew, frequently shown wearing a Jewish prayer shawl rather than...

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Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:14 PM

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Crucifixion by Luca Signorelli


Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency. A newsletter from one of...

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The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate?

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:22 PM

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From the Nazi newspaper Westdeutchen Beobachter of Cologne (public domain).


One of the most bizarre accusations against Jews dates back to the Middle Ages and continued well into the nineteenth century. The Nazi propaganda machine revived the myth in...

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Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 9:35 AM

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Medieval and Renaissance artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family and close followers while omitting their Jewish identities. This phenomenon contributed significantly to the historic rift between Christianity and Judaism by picturing Jesus and Jews as separate in religion and ethnicity....

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"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

(353) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:07 PM

2013-09-30-HomelessandHungrychildatlardbucket.org2.jpgA 2012 University of Chicago study reveals that the U.S is among the five most religious nations. How does that play out?

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on...

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Jewish Jesus Visits the Jewish Museum

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:15 PM

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The Falling Angel by Marc Chagall


Last week I viewed the new exhibit of Marc Chagall's paintings at New York's Jewish Museum (Chagall: Love, War and Exile). The show features images of the Jewish Jesus, a subject of great interest...

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Art Contributed to the Christian-Jewish Divide, and Art Can Heal it

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 3:43 PM

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Rod Borghese's rendition of Esteban Murillo's Baptism of Christ

From its very beginnings Christianity sought separation from Judaism. No small task since Christianity arose from Jewish prophesies and a connection to the Jewish Davidic line, which, according to the Torah, would produce the...

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Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture

(22) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Rembrandt and the Images of Jesus, a 2011-2012 exhibit curated by the Louvre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts presented artworks, primarily by 17-century, Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, which displayed images of Jesus that departed from typical Renaissance...

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