Prejudice and antisemitism

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Jesus disputed with the Pharisees. Jesus returned to his hometown. On the Sabbath, he entered a synagogue and began teaching. The crowd rejected his teachings and questioned him as a lowly carpenter’s son.
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According to the story in the Gospels, Jesus was executed for treason. Christian teaching blamed the Jews rather than the Romans. As his followers later regarded Jesus as God, killing him became known as the crime of ‘deicide’. 

The Jews were forced by the Romans to leave their own country and live as foreigners in other lands.

Later, when the Roman Empire became Christian, it turned against the Jews because it saw them as the people who had rejected Jesus' teachings and had actually killed him.

This section will show you how antisemitism developed throughout the ages. When you have read it use the Reflective Learning Activity to help develop your understanding of antisemitism.