There is a historical depth to hatred of Jews, with the associated discrimination, prejudice, and violence targeting them, which differentiates it from any other sort of racism. This hostility dates back to antiquity even if historians disagree as to its nature, specificity, and the actual age of its very existence. There is not the slightest doubt that it developed with Christianity, which makes it a primarily religious phenomenon. Christian anti-Judaism accused the Jews of having killed Christ and of therefore being guilty of deicide. Christians also held against Jews their refusal to convert and accused them of being ‘a stiff-necked’ people. This entry discusses the history and progression of anti-Semitism or hostility toward Jews.

The Advent of Anti-Semitism

Anti-Judaism developed during the Middle Ages in Christian countries ...

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