The Peoples Apart

At the time of the first Jewish war, the greatest Roman Historian described the Jews …

They sit apart at meals, they sleep apart, and though, as a nation, they are singularly prone to lust, they abstain from intercourse with foreign women … Circumcision was adopted by them as a mark of difference from other men. Those who come over to their religion … have this lesson first instilled into them, to despise all gods, to disown their country, and set at nought parents, children, and brethren. … they provide for the increase of their numbers. It is a crime among them to kill any newly-born infant. They hold that the souls of all who perish in battle or by the hands of the executioner are immortal. … They call those profane who make representations of God in human shape out of perishable materials. They believe that Being to be supreme and eternal, neither capable of representation, nor of decay. They therefore do not allow any images to stand in their cities, much less in their temples.

Apart. Eat, sleep, intercourse, worship apart. The brand of circumcision. Unlike normal people, they don’t expose unwanted children. New members unnaturally discard old ties. All fight fearlessly. God goes unrepresented. So unusual, without parallel, until …

The first recorded Christian Council ordered …

Catholic girls may not marry Jews or heretics, because they cannot find a unity when the faithful and the unfaithful are joined. …

Pictures are not to be placed in churches, so that they do not become objects of worship and adoration. …

If any cleric or layperson eats with Jews, he or she shall be kept from communion as a way of correction.

And Soldiers of Christ’s kingdom wielded the arms of piety (so) that their souls, being firmer than adamant, shine brilliantly in the contests with their opponents. These men discarded old attachments to perform brave deeds for truth rather than country, and for piety rather than dearest friends.

What of the little Children? Satirically, a Church Father condemned infanticide by unbelievers …

you do not kill your infants in the way of a sacred rite, nor (as a service) to God. But then you make away with them in a more cruel manner, because you expose them to the cold and hunger, and to wild beasts, or else you get rid of them by the slower death of drowning.

Christians, Jews, the same family. Except for the phallic brand.

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