Religion 2120 Notes

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Religion2120Lecture101162014Lecture1BasicDefinitionandMethodologytheHolocaustwordoftenusedfortheNazisattempttpkillallJewsTranslatesfromtheHebrewwordolahanofferingthatiscompletelyconsumedinfireandisthereforepleasingtoGodMostJewishscholarspreferthetermShoahmeaningacatastropheordevastationHasBiblicalmeaningsAntiSemitismcoinedin1879byWilhelmMarrFirsttimeJewsweredefinedasaracenotasareligiousgroupJewswerelaterrenamedasSemitesandJudaismasSemitismRaciallyinferiorisworsethanbeingreligiouslyinferiorInthebookJewishpeoplewerephysicallyprofiledasbeingimpurecomparedtotheperfectracewerealsoconsideredmorallyinferiormaterialisticcowardlyormorallydegenerateMarrbecamethefounderoftheLeagueofAntiSemitesHisresearchisfundamentallyflawedSemiticisalinguistictermalongwiththemotherlanguageofIslamTherearemanySemitesthatcomefromdifferentregionsManymodernJewishscholarsreplaceantisemitismwithJudeophobiaPhobiaanunreasonableorirrationalfearratherthananideaoranopinionCannotbeattackedbylogicorreasonAntiSemitismissuigenerisofitsownkindgenusoruniqueinitscharacteristicsTheoldesthatredinhistorythatweknowofmorethan2000yearsoldUniversalideaeveninplaceswherenoJewsliveexJapanorSaudiArabiaairlinebanHasbeendeemedalmostimpossibletoeradicateAllJewsexpelledfromEnglandin1200sRepresentedinLiteraturethIn17CenturySpainmorethan150yearsafterJewswereexpelledafamousartistattackedafellowauthorbyalludingtohisjewishnoseandthreatenedtowraphispoemsinbaconsotheywouldntbestolenbyaJewMorevirulentthananyotherpredjudiceManybelievethatJewsaredescendantsofdemonsareplottingtotakeovertheworldetcHasroutinelybecomeanobsessionInmanycountriespeoplemayrefusetorideinambulancesbecausetheydontwanttoriskgoingtoaJewishhospitalInhisfinaladdressHitlerdeniedcausingWWIIbutexpressedhisregretthattheJewshadnotbeentotallyeradicatedandpleadedtotheGermanstocontinuehismissionHemadenoreferencetothegloriesofGermancultureEasilytransmutesintophysicalviolenceandmurderJoanofArctypepropagandaofferingarewardforkillingorhavingsexwithinferiorwomenAntiSemitismisuniquelychimericalproducedbyawildimaginationGroupingallJewsunderonecategoryJewsareoftenthoughtofasstupidbecausetheyarenotfullyhumanHenryFordtirelesslycampaignedagainstsupposedJewishtakeoversofAmericasfinancesatthetimeeventhoughhewastherichestmaninAmericaatthattimeStartedhisownnewspaperwhichhesenttoeveryForddealershipinthenationNotlogicalinanywayJewishpeoplecriticizedfortheirdietaryhabitsTheOriginsofAntiSemitismWHYJewishresistancetoreligiousanddeitiesotherthantheirownExampleBabylonianswhoconsideredthemselvesthesupremeraceUnbendingideasofmoralityandfullyequaljusticeInvolvedinlaborunionsequaltreatmentforallJewishformedancientideathatkingswereheldtothesamestandardsasthelowestpeasantThereforeviewedastroublemakersbythegovernmentJewishrefusaltoparticipateinpaganworshipEspeciallyintheworshipofahumanrulerSeenasalackofpietylackofspecificgodsoridolsNonJewishviewofJudaismasaustereandfrightfulJewishreligionseenasrestrictiveornarrowmindedHumanproclivitytoblamethevictimExampleawomandeservedtoberapedbecausehershortswerebrightThesamegoesforthethoughtDidtheJewsdosomethingwrongtobepersecutedHardforpeopletorealizethatpersecutionarisessolelyfromthepersecutorJewishpeoplehavealwaysbeenseenasdifferentfromothersAppreciateotherpointsofviewIdeathatisterrifyingtoleaderstheydonotappreciatedebateContinuingpresenceofJewsintheworldDespitethesupposedviewofChristiansthatbytheendoftimeeveryoneintheworldwillbeChristianManyclassicalauthorsfromearlytimesexpressednegativefeelingsaboutJewsTacitusAD56AD117wasasenatorandahistorianoftheRomanEmpireJuvenalaRomanpoetactiveinthelate1standearly2ndcenturyADauthoroftheSatiresApuisc2048BCEGreekgrammarianandsophistofAlexandrianotedforhisbitterhatredoftheJewsBCBeforeChristBCEBeforeCommonEraTheHolocaustdidNOTstartin1933itstartedmorethan2000yearspriorth1TheExodus13CenturyBCE22HebrewboysNebuchadnezzarandthegoldenidolBookofDanielth3Purim5centuryBCEBookofEsther
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