Christians and Hanukkah

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Ben W, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Ben W

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    Considering the rampant commercialisation of Christmas, should Christians look at giving some attention to Hanukkah?

    - Influence on Christianity

    During the last few decades, many evangelical Christians have re-examined the Jewish roots of their faith. As a result, some have increasingly become aware of and adopted some aspects of some Jewish holiday, but within a Christian theological framework. As such, some Christians light the Hanukkah menorah and observe other Hanukkah rituals. In addition to this, some allege a connection between the miracle of the light being given in the Temple and the birth of Jesus (whom they call "the Light of the world"). Some hold that Hanukkah (the 25th of Kislev), not December 25, is actually the proper date for celebrating the birth of Jesus. Thus they combine or conflate the two celebrations (Hanukkah and the birth of Jesus), while others continue to keep them separate and celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.
    In recent years an amalgam of Christmas and Hanukkah, dubbed Chrismukkah, has emerged. The new holiday started amongst mixed non-religious families of Christian backgrounds and non-religious families of Jewish backgrounds. In this way a family can celebrate the external forms of these two disparate holidays simultaneously, although the theological messages of the two holidays are not entirely aligned. Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates the victory of religious Jews fighting against non-Jewish religious assimilation; Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the perceived fulfillment of Judaism by the arrival of the prophesied Messiah.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah
     
  2. Ps104_33

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    Got no problem with it. I know Jewish Christians who still celebrate the Passover. Besides I still believe Christmas has more pagen roots than Christian or Jewish.
     
  3. tenor

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    No problem with celebrating either or both.
     
  4. Johnv

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    I have no problem with it. Culturally, I have no interest in observing Hanukkah, and will hence refrain. Others are welcome to do or not do as they wish. I do have some Jewish friends to whom I will send Hanukkah cards to.
     
  5. Gwen

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    One of the most interesting things my ladies Bible study class has ever done is to have a Passover Seder, hosted by a Messanic Jewish couple. It was wonderful! They explained the symbolism behind Passover and how it is a picture of Christ. Maybe I should check in to having a Hanukkah Celebration. I think it would be meaningful to at least understand the symbolism. After all, Jesus is the Light of the World, and Hanukkah is the Feast of Lights.
     

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