Is a Christian Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition?
March 25, 2011 7:57 PM Subscribe
Is a Christian adoption of the Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition?
posted by adamp88 to Religion & Philosophy (63 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My fiancée grew up in a strong Catholic family that always celebrated a Christian version of the Seder during Holy Week. She loves the tradition and has always identified it as part of her Catholic upbringing. She recently did more research on the tradition and was surprised to learn how controversial a Christian adoption of the Seder is.
She certainly doesn't want to offend anyone or promote something that's damaging to inter-religious dialogue, but recognizes that Christianity has historically appropriated a variety of traditions from a variety of cultures. She wonders if celebrating a Christianized version of the Seder is more offensive than using, say, Jewish Scriptures as the Old Testament of the Bible. Someone made the comparison that it would be like another tradition using the Eucharistic celebration, but other traditions don't trace themselves back to Christianity the way Christianity traces itself back to Judaism. Any thoughts?