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Die aanvang en omvang van anti-Semitisme in die antieke heidenwêreld in en rondom die Nuwe-Testamentiese tydvak

A. du Toit
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 33, No 1 | a1665 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v33i1.1665 | © 1999 A. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 June 1999 | Published: 13 June 1999

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A. du Toit,, South Africa

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The term “anti-Semitism” is in fact a misnomer, since it implies antipathy towards all people of Semitic origin. Not all conflicts between Jews and non-Jews should be seen as due to anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is still very alive today and needs to be constantly monitored and exposed. However, ancient anti-Semitism should not be studied through the lenses of our modern perceptions. Anti-Jewish trends seem to have originally developed in the Diaspora, more specifically in Egypt. In the period up to 150 B.C. an anti-Semitic attitude still manifested itself very sporadically. In the following period it increased considerably and gradually and became more internationalized. Evidence of anti-Semitic feelings and attitudes is found in Egypt, Babylonia, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor and Rome.

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