By Saul S. Friedman
People of Oberammergau have received highest praise for their fidelity through 350years. But Friedman asks questions that must be addressed: "Can the traditional text be reconciled with the Gospels? Does the play generate harmful, stereotypic images of Jews? Is the Passion truly a hymn of reconciliation' or is it, as Nietzsche said of Wagner's Meistersinger, a lance against civilization'?"