Monday, April 7, 2014

odium generis humani

The religious separateness of the Jews from the rest of mankind largely  accounts  for the story of their woe. Ιt was this  that earned them the epithet of odium generis humani. Το the pagan, as later  to the Christian, the Jewish way of life was irritating if not sinister: the ]ew would bring no sacrifices, worship no images, refuse to pay divine homage to the Emperor, refrain from eating  with Gentiles, and asso­ciate only with his own kind: "If the Jews be citizens of Alexandria, why do not they worship the same gods with the Alexandrians?" asks Apion indignantly (Josephus, Contra Apionem, II, 6).

* Jakob Jocz,
"Adversus Judaeos: The Jews in History"
["Κατά Ιουδαίων: Οι Ιουδαίοι στην Ιστορία"],
Churchman, Vol. 74, Issue 4, 1960.
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