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. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, antisemitism did not go away, and at times of conflict negative attitudes to Jews among Christians led to violence and persecution.
This section will show you how antisemitism developed throughout the ages.