The people who shape cultural trends and public opinion today
are no longer only the political and intellectual elite. Today,
voices which could never have been heard before are articulated
via the Internet.
While in the past only “professionals” such as
rabbis or scholars were “allowed” to shape the Jewish worldview
about Jesus, nowadays the unprofessional “man on the street”
can be equally, if not more, influential.
For instance, Avichai Golan’s article The Stolen Rabbi: What’s
the Story with Jesus? (published in the “Judaism” section of
the website of the Hebrew daily newspaper Ma’ariv) has the same
potential to shape public opinion as a learned article published
in a prestigious journal.