REL2120 Lecture2

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Religious Studies
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REL 2120

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LECTURE 2ANTISEMITISM IN THE ANCIENT PAGAN WORLD1The Exodustha13 BCE23 Hebrew boys Nebuchadnezzar and the golden idolaBook of Danielth3Purim 5 century BCEaBook of EstherbPurim is a Persian word that means lotscWhen all Jews were targeted for annihilation because one Jewish official refused to bow down to the vice president and only the intervention of the Jewish Queen pleading for salvation of her people saved the Jews from mass murderdMost Jews remained stubborn in changing their religion to that of their host They refuse to bow down to any deity other than their creatorJews strict observationsDietary lawsoThey could not enjoy the same meal in the home of their neighborsSabbath observanceoLong before other religions began to observe Sundays as a time of rest Jews seemed to be out of step with the rest of the worldStrict monotheismoFew exceptionsRefusal to intermarryoOften served as a bond in order to create intergroup harmony Special privileges
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