The Roman Empire’s Jewish Problem

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“The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, famous Roman philosopher, orator and statesman (106 BC – 43 BC)

The Jews have been a consistent and irreconcilable problem for all peoples who were unfortunate enough to make contact with them throughout all of the thousands of years of recorded history. The Ancient Romans in particular had a mortal Jewish problem, just as we in the West do today.

Here are a few anti-Jewish quotes from famous Romans:

“[Jews are] murderers of the Lord, assassins of the prophets, rebels against God, God haters,… advocates of the devil, race of vipers, slanderers, calumniators, dark-minded people, leaven of the Pharisees, sanhedrin of demons, sinners, wicked men, stoners, and haters of righteousness.” – St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 AD – c. 395 AD)

“If you call [the synagogue] a brothel, a den of vice, the devil’s refuge, Satan’s fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disaster or whatever else you will, you are still saying less than it deserves.” – St. Jerome (c.  347 AD – 420 AD)

“Although such beasts [Jews] are unfit for work, they are fit for killing… fit for slaughter”
[the Synagogue] is not merely a lodging place for robbers and cheats but also for demons. This is true not only of the synagogues but also of the souls of the Jews.”
“Shall I tell you of their plundering, their covetousness, their abandonment of the poor, their thefts, their cheating in trade?” – St. John Chrysostom ( c. 349 AD – 407 AD), Adversus Judaeos

“[The Jews are] a people who, having imbrued their hands in a most heinous outrage [i.e., killing Christ], have thus polluted their souls and are deservedly blind…Therefore we have nothing in common with that most hostile of people the Jews. We have received from the Savior another way…our holy religion: unanimously pursuing this, let us…withdraw ourselves from that detestable association. For it is truly absurd for them to boast that we are incapable of rightly observing these things [i.e., religious holy days] without their instruction. For on what subject will they be competent to form a correct judgment, who after that murder of their Lord, having been bereft of their senses, are led not by any rational motive, but by an ungovernable impulse, wherever their innate fury may drive them?” – Emperor Constantine (c. 272 AD – 337 AD)

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Roman Emperor Constantine the Great

“The customs of that most criminal nation (Israel) have gained such strength that they have now been received in all lands. The conquered have given laws to the conquerors.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC – 65 AD)

“Even while Jerusalem was standing and the Jews were at peace with us, the practice of their sacred rites was at variance with the glory of our empire, the dignity of our name, the customs of our ancestors.” – Marcus Tillius Cicero (106 BC – 46 BC)

“The Jews . . . ate the flesh of their victims, made belts for themselves out of their entrails, and daubed themselves with their blood.” – Lucius Cassius Dio (c. AD 155–235)

“[Judaism is] ever… mighty in wickedness… when it cursed Moses; when it hated God; when it vowed its sons to demons; when it killed the prophets, and finally when it betrayed to the Praetor and crucified our God Himself and Lord… And so glorying through all its existence in iniquity.” – Hillary of Poitiers (c. 300 AD – c. 368 AD)

“[The Jews have] an attitude of hostility and hatred towards all others.” – Tacitus (c. 56 AD – after 117 AD)

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Some of these quotes were extracted from chapter 3 of Separation and its Discontents by Dr. Kevin MacDonald.