Although Jews originally came from the Middle East, many races and peoples have mixed together in Jewish communities over the centuries, especially after the Jews were forced out of Palestine in the second century C. What binds the group together is a common Jewish heritage as passed down from generation to generation. For many Jews, the binding force is Judaism, a term usually referring to the Jewish religion but sometimes used to refer to all Jews. There are, however, Jewish atheists and agnostics, and one does not have to be religious to be Jewish.
The history of antisemitism, defined as hostile actions or discrimination against Jews as a religious or ethnic group, goes back many centuries, with antisemitism being called "the longest hatred". Jerome Chanes identifies six stages in the historical development of antisemitism: . Beyond being a powerful demographic force responsible for how the country and its population became what they are today, immigration has contributed deeply to many of the economic, social, and political processes that . Zionist historian Ben Zion Dinur selected as the beginning of the modern period in Jewish history. In that year, Rabbi Judah the Pious led approximately Jews to Palestine. Dinur argues that this event represents “a rebellion against the galut” (exile) and the first evidence of a movement to return to the Land.
Classical period[ edit ] Early animosity towards Jews[ edit ] Louis H. Feldman argues that "we must take issue with the communis sensus that the pagan writers are predominantly anti-Semitic".
Feldman concedes that after Manetho "the picture usually painted is one of universal and virulent anti-Judaism". The first clear examples of anti-Jewish sentiment can be traced back to Alexandria in the 3rd century BCE. Manethoan Egyptian priest and historian of that time, wrote scathingly of the Jews and his themes are repeated in the works of ChaeremonLysimachusPoseidoniusApollonius Molonand in Apion and Tacitus.
Hecataeus of Abderaa Greek historian of the early third century BCE, wrote that Moses "in remembrance of the exile of his people, instituted for them a misanthropic and inhospitable way of life". Manethoan Egyptian historian, wrote that the Jews were expelled Egyptian lepers who had been taught by Moses "not to adore the gods.
Agatharchides of Cnidus wrote about the "ridiculous practices" of the Jews and of the "absurdity of their Law", and how Ptolemy Lagus was able to invade Jerusalem in BC because its inhabitants were observing the Sabbath. Statements exhibiting prejudice towards Jews and their religion can also be found in the works of a few pagan Greek and Roman writers,  but the earliest occurrence of antisemitism has been the subject of debate among scholars, largely because different writers use different definitions of antisemitism.
The terms " religious antisemitism " and " anti-Judaism " are sometimes used to refer to animosity towards Judaism as a religion rather than to Jews defined as an ethnic or racial group.
Roman Empire[ edit ] Relations between the Jews in Judea and the occupying Roman Empire were antagonistic from the very start and resulted in several rebellions. According to the Roman historian SuetoniusTiberius tried to suppress all foreign religions. In the case of Jews, he sent young Jewish men, under the pretence of military service, to provinces noted for their unhealthy climate.
He dismissed all other Jews from the city, under threat of life slavery for non-compliance. Four thousand were sent to Sardinia but more, who were unwilling to become soldiers, were punished.
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Cassius Dio reports that Tiberius banished most of the Jews, who had been attempting to convert Romans to their religion. The Jerusalem Talmud relates that, following Bar Kokhba's revolt — CEthe Romans destroyed very many Jews, "killing until their horses were submerged in blood to their nostrils".
Some accommodation, in fact, was later made with Judaism, and the Jews of the Diaspora had privileges that others did not. Unlike other subjects of the Roman Empire, they had the right to maintain their religion and were not expected to accommodate themselves to local customs. And although Hadrian outlawed circumcision as a mutilation normally visited on people unable to consent, he later exempted the Jews.
It has been argued that European antisemitism has its roots in Roman policy. Antisemitism in the New Testament Although the majority of the New Testament was written, ostensibly, by Jews who became followers of Jesusthere are a number of passages in the New Testament that some see as antisemitic, or that have been used for antisemitic purposes, including: You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. In an essay regarding antisemitism, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine argues that this passage has caused more Jewish suffering throughout history than any other in the New Testament.
As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.
However, the relationship between the followers of the new religion Islam and the Jews of Medina later became bitter. At this point the Quran instructs Muhammad to change the direction of prayer from Jerusalem to Meccaand from this point on, the tone of the verses of the Quran become increasingly hostile towards Jewry.
Antisemitism in early Christianity Attacks on synagogues[ edit ] When Christianity became the state religion of Rome in the 4th century, Jews became the object of religious intolerance and political oppression. Christian literature began to display extreme hostility towards Jews, which occasionally resulted in attacks and the burning of synagogues.The history of antisemitism, defined as hostile actions or discrimination against Jews as a religious or ethnic group, goes back many centuries, with antisemitism being called "the longest hatred".
Jerome Chanes identifies six stages in the historical development of antisemitism: .
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It is vital to recognize, however, that the advent of writing in the early history of civilizations also created new. Another source on Jewish family life from this period, The Jewish Communal Register (), is a compendium of socio-economic and demographic data on approximately a million and a half New York Jews, one-half of all the Jews in the United States at that time.
One table, covering the period from to , compiled by the United Hebrew . The Early Modern Workshop on the topic of “Gender, Family, and Social Structures” addressed a spectrum of topics about the transformation of the concept and form of family in general, and of Jewish family in particular in the early modern period.
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