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Gallery of Antisemitism – Religious

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Christian and other religious antisemitism

One of the main forms of religious antisemitism is the concept of Jews being responsible for Christ’s death. This stems from some interpretations of a passage in the New Testament. Once Jesus was taken to be crucified, the Jewish crowd supposedly shouted for him to be crucified and for another prisoner to be released. When he died they shouted ‘May his blood be on us and our children’. This was taken by many Christian rulers, to be his blood on all Jews rather than the people watching only. There are a number of passages in the new testament that are often taken in an antisemitic way for example when ‘The Synagogue of Satan’ is discussed in the Book of Revelation. This led to discrimination against Jews throughout the years, who were treated differently and not allowed to do certain jobs. The Nazis and other antisemitic governments also stirred up hatred of Jews by saying they killed Jesus.

This is one of the very oldest forms of antisemitism and has not disappeared. It is likely that other forms of antisemitism have stemmed from it.  

2. Judas and 30 pieces of silver

This is referring to the biblical Judas betraying Jesus in the Bible for 30 pieces of silver. This is antisemitic because it’s referring to the view of Judas having betrayed Jesus to the authorities and being responsible for his death, and it also leads into a stereotype of Jews betraying people for money. In the past Jews were blamed for this act and seen as untrustworthy.

Distortion of Jewish scripture – For example, claiming that the Talmud says that paedophilia is acceptable

There are similar claims about the Talmud allowing Jews to steal from non-Jews, calling non-Jews ‘cattle’ etc . Some of this is outright lies and some of it is based on a misunderstanding of what the Talmud actually is. There are actually two Talmuds. While some of it is the oral law or mishnah, and rabbinic stories/midrashim, the bulk of the Talmud is discussion of interpretations by rabbis of the Torah. All of the discussions would be recorded, even if someone said something outlandish or raised a satirical or devil’s advocate type point; even if ten people agreed and one person disagreed, the minority opinion would be left in. The Talmud is hard to understand unless you are a rabbi who has studied it for years, as there are over 30 volumes.

In the discussion about rape of a 3-year-old for example, 1st century rabbis weren’t really ‘woke’ but the explanation is different from antisemitic views; they were saying that if a child that age were abused, she would still be considered a virgin for the purposes of marriage which was very important in those days, rather than the abuse being permissible, so that the past abuse wouldn’t affect how she should be treated by anyone later on, i.e. like anyone else without any stigma.