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Michael Collins Piper - Purim and Anti-Christian Hostility

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Published on 24 Feb 2021 / In Judaism / Talmud

"There is a little-known but deeply rooted history of virulent Jewish antagonism and violence against non-Jews (Christians in particular) . . .

Purim is the Jewish holiday spawned by the Old Testament’s Book of Esther, a holiday based on a tale most Jewish and Christian theologians say is apocryphal. Esther of legend was the Jewish maiden who—upon being married to the Persian king, who had no idea his bride was Jewish—saved the Jews from destruction at the hands of the king’s advisor, Haman, who was then executed, along with 75,000 other Persians. This, of course, was mass slaughter, genocide, and this early anti-Gentile Holocaust is proudly commemorated at Purim. Today again, the Jewish people and Israel target the Persian people—the modern republic of Iran—for destruction.

. . . Jews have a record of comparing their arch-enemy Haman to Jesus Christ, hardly grounds for promoting“interfaith discourse,” or the concept of “Judeo-Christianity,” two trumpet calls which (when coming from Jewish sources) mean Christians must amend their teachings to accord with what Jews want Christians to believe."

(Adapted from an abridged version of the review of Elliot Horowitz's 'Reckless Rites' that appears in the The Barnes Review's "Revenge of the Neanderthal" issue.)

The Piper Report - August 15/16, 2007

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