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Old December 27th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1

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Why were the jews hated?


Jews were hated almost everywhere. They were hunted like Christians at some point I believe and it was illegal to be Jew at some point in the Roman Empire right? If I'm wrong please correct me. So Why were they hated so much? and How did they managed to survive when they had no land of their own? Why weren't they absorbed like many others?
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So Why were they hated so much? and How did they managed to survive when they had no land of their own? Why weren't they absorbed like many others?
It's a very interesting question.

I wonder if it is in part a reaction their claims of being the "Chosen People" of the "One True God".

Being the founders of the world's most elitist and exclusivist religions have certainly galvinized their relevance (or relation) to various cultures all around the world.
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Jews in Rome have lived different periods. For example while the last Temple was under construction the Roman Jewish community lobbied on the Roman Senate [still in the Republic] and sent money to Jerusalem.

Generally I see parallels with other "closed" communities [like the Roma people, the "gipsy" ...], that is to say the trouble is not only to be the "chosen people", with the consequences mentioned above, [in fact at the end also followers of an other Monotheist religion are "chosen" by God to receive His revelation ... so ...], but to be a "close people".

An organized community who doesn't conform oneself with the dominating "society model" will face social troubles. In Ancient Rome the problem with the Jews wasn't that they were "chosen" [all Pagan communities were "chosen" by their own Pagan deities ...], the problem was that Jews didn't recognize other deities but YHWH, they didn't accept, in other words, one of the tissues of the Roman civitas.

Christians would have known the same problem with Pagan Rome.

If you are member of a close community, but that community is strong, wide and military powerful ... you will have well less social troubles ... like Muslims have discovered while Islam was conquering a visible part of the globe [and Islam is a well closed community with a good sense of being "chosen" too].
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Ohh ok yea that makes sense, thanks. But how did they survived all this years? With no land, being persecuted, hated, closed and not being powerful like the Muslims?
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Ohh ok yea that makes sense, thanks. But how did they survived all this years? With no land, being persecuted, hated, closed and not being powerful like the Muslims?
Some cultures and traditions can prove extremely resilient - the Roma people, for instance, have a similar history to the Jews, as do Celtic cultures. Centuries of persecution and forced assimilations have only made them stronger.

I also like to think somebody upstairs is indeed looking out for us
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wasn't it because they were very successful in controlling where ever they went. They held high positions and were very educated so people feared them correct?
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It is an interesting question. I presume it is because of that very irrational persecution that had played a big part in their survival, learning to adapt to what ever society large enough numbers of Jews happened to be in. And also their religion as a unifying force for them too rally around and keep their culture alive?
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wasn't it because they were very successful in controlling where ever they went. They held high positions and were very educated so people feared them correct?
This is largely a stereotype of anti-Semitic origins (I'm not accusing you personally of anti-Semitism understand). Because Jews were already resented as it was, any Jew who indeed managed to become rich, or a political or military leader in his kingdom/nation, would become the subject of special hatred.
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A belief in their eventual restoration to Eretz Isra'el - a dream that finally grew to maturity in 1948 - has certainly served as a unifying current for Jews around the world, a sense of divine destiny and purpose.

The Tanakh says 'where there is no vision the people perish'. Between waiting for Messiah, and waiting to return 'home' someday in the future, Jews have always had a vision for their future.
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So its basically survival determination and adaptation?
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