On The Jews and Their Lies.
"The Jews still persist in such doctrine
to the present day. They imitate their fathers and pervert God's
word. They are steeped in greed, in usury, they steal and
murder where they can and ever teach their children to do
"In the first place, they defame our lord Jesus Christ, calling him
a sorcerer and tool of the
devil. . .
they also call Jesus a whore's son, saying
that his mother Mary was a whore, who conceived him in adultery
with a blacksmith."1b
"They stuff themselves, guzzle, and live in
luxury and ease from our hard-earned goods.
With their accursed usury they
hold us and our property captive. Moreover, they
mock and deride us because we work and let them play the role of
lazy squires at our expense and in our land. Thus
they are our
masters and we are their servants, with our propery, our sweat,
and our labor."1c
" . . . I advise that
usury be prohibited to them, and
that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them
and put aside for safekeeping. . . Such money should now
be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is
sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred,
or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest.
With this he could set himself in some occupation for the support
of his poor wife and children . . ."1d
"I hear it said that the Jews donate
large sums of money and thus prove beneficial to governments.
Yes, but where does this money come from? Not from their own
possessions but from that of the lords and subjects whom they
plunder and rob by means of usury."1e
" . . . [W]e will believe that our Lord
Jesus Christ is truthful when he declares of the Jews who did not
accept but crucified him, You are a
brood of vipers and children of the devil [cf.
"My essay, I hope, will furnish a Christian .
. . with enough material not only to defend himself against the
blind, venomous Jews, but also
to become the foe of the Jews' malice, lying, and cursing,
and to understand not only that their belief is false but that
they are surely possessed by all devils."1g
For Edward E.
Ayoub's brief critique, see
For an understanding of
the nature and roots of Judeophobia, see Schafer.
For an analysis of the "us" vs. "them" complex, see
Pagels. For a
general investigation of Anti-Semitism, see
philosophical utterances on Judaism, see
Buber. For Albert
Einstein (brightest Jewish mind) on Israel and political Zionism,
Einstein. For a Jewish
human rights perspective, see
Simon Wiesenthal Center. For a comparative analysis of major