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Star Cross

or Messianic Cross

The Star Cross is a hybrid and symbolises Christianity being 'central' to Judaism. A variation of the symbol represents an alternative, where Judaism is 'central' to Christianity.

.... and of course love is central to both Christianity and Judaism.

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Star of Bethlehem

Quaker logo
Quaker Star1

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Texas Star or Mullet Star on the logo of the Baptist General Convention of Texas
A 5-pointed star in heraldry is called a 'mullet'.

The term 'Star Cross' could be applied to several designs and in heraldry a cross with pointed arms is called a Stellated Cross. One is the Etoile Cross, which is also usually a six-pointed star. Others include the

On this page, we'll look at the Christian cross combined with the Mogen Dovid, the Jewish Star of David. (See also Raelian symbol)

The Star of David was considered to be a 'cross' in European heraldry. It is sometimes called a Jewish Cross but generally, this is a misnomer - 'emblem', 'medallion' or 'badge' is more accurate than 'cross'. Judaism denies that Jesus rose again as Christ; therefore the Cross has no significant meaning for Jews. However, entering the Twilight Zone of logic, since Jesus was a Jew, then the cross used to crucify him could be referred to as a Jewish Cross. But we already have a name for that – the True Cross.

The Star of David comprises two triangles, representing the Greek letter for 'D' inverted over the other, which happens to have been King David's royal cipher (since his name began and ended with a 'D'). The symbol represents the town of Bethlehem, first and foremost, the place of Christ's birth.

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Like the Crescent Cross, the Star Cross shown on the left is a hybrid and symbolises Christianity being central to Judaism. The symbol is used by Jewish Christians; a sect that retains its Jewish heritage yet believes in Salvation through Jesus, rather than through works. They tend to join Protestant or Catholic churches.

Another group are called Messianic Jews, who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) came as the Messiah, but they continue to worship in the synagogue.

There are many well-documented differences between Judaism and Christianity. However, the two religions also have significant similarities, such as ethical standards, sacred texts, and belief in the same God. It is not surprising therefore that some people decide to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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An alternative arrangement is shown on the left, which can be interpreted as Judaism being central to Christianity.

A significant feature of this pattern is that the lines of the star are intertwined with the lines of the cross. This might not be readily apparent from the small images on this page (depending on the resolution and size of your PC screen); if you click any of the images you'll see an enlarged view.

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The colours of the image shown on the right are arbitrary, selected to show the overlapping lines rather than imply any particular meaning. However, red is quite often used in the Christian faith to remind us of the spiritually cleansing blood, shed by Jesus when he was crucified. Blue is often used in the Jewish faith to symbolise the sky, heaven, and by extension, the Divine nature of God. (The blue tint used for this image is copied from the flag of Israel. For an interesting background to the Jewish use of the Mogen Dovid, see the Israeli government's official webpage about the Emblem of Israel)

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Neither the star nor the cross is in front of the other and consequently the symbol does not say that one element should have precedence over the other.

Your own faith will tell you which of the two symbols is more important and relevant.

See also St. David's Cross and Ninja Cross

And if you fancy a puzzle, see if you can explain why the star is on this gravestone.

1: Not an official or universal symbol of the Religious Society of Friends, but the Quaker Service Star (black and red) was used by the Friends War Victims Relief Committee during the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871, and has been used by some Quaker groups since 1917.