Teachings about Jews in the ancient world

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In the first few centuries of Christianity, Jews were shown as the killers of Jesus and, because of the claim that Jesus was the Son of God, were the killers of God as well.

To kill a God required devilish power, therefore it was thought that the Jews were in league with the devil and that, because they did not accept Jesus as their saviour, they were damned.

In early Christian teaching everyone who did not believe in Jesus was damned. The Jews were seen as being particularly wicked because they had been given the opportunity to accept Jesus and had not.

Early Christians accepted what the Bible says about Jews being chosen by God. They therefore did not want to destroy them, but wanted to humiliate and, if possible, convert them. As a result Jews suffered greatly, especially after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.