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  •  Anti-semitism predates the Christians. Both the (5+ / 0-)

    Greeks and the Romans found the Jewish claims to monotheism and themselves as the chosen people to be offensive. Google "Antiochus Epiphanes." Eventually the Romans worked out a modus vivendi with the Jews that gave them special status - they didn't have to sacrifice to the emperor as long as the high priest made special sacrifices and prayers for the emperor's well being.

    Anti-semitism is a terrible thing. It's not an exclusively Christian thing, though.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 12:22:38 PM PDT

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    •  I have heard it theorized (0+ / 0-)

      that anti-Semitism was not part of the earliest form of Christianity, but was adopted along with many other pre-existing ideas as a way of gaining converts.

      Can't say if it's true or not, but it would make sense, considering that the earliest form of Christianity was Jewish.

      •  It's quite clear that the earliest form was not (0+ / 0-)

        anti-semitic but exactly how that scandal and burden came to be so common is not clear to me. It has never been universal but clearly any at all is shameful, especially given as you say the roots of Christianity.



        Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

        by Wee Mama on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:50:26 AM PDT

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