A Very Brief History of The Jewish People<br />
Beginnings<br />More than 4,000 years ago – Abraham<br />Middle East – What is today Israel<br />Zion, Judea, Palestine<br />Jewish population has grown in 2 ways – being born to a Jewish parent or conversion<br />
Beginnings<br />Religious group, but the group’s history has made the community hard to categorize<br />70 C.E. – Roman Empire conquered Palestine and forced Jewish people out<br />Spread all over the world<br />Often adopted language and customs of their new home <br />
Beginnings<br />Diverse ethnic and cultural community who practice their religion differently<br />Almost always a minority<br />Today – 14-15 million Jews worldwide and communities on each continent<br />
“What is a Jew?”<br />Something more than a simple religious group?<br />Mixture of ethnicity and religion?<br />Others began defining Jews as a nation within a nation in Europe (9 million by 1900)<br />
Jewish Race?<br />In 1800’s people increasingly tried to define groups<br />Some in Europe defined Jews as a separate race - a people who share common physical features and character traits<br />Why persecution?<br />The lie spread in Europe that the Jews are an inferior race<br />
Thoughts and Twists<br />Galton - People can be sorted by races – groups that are genetically different from one another. Some races are superior to others. <br />Hitler - For example, the Aryan is superior to the Jew<br />Aryan – originally a group of people who spoke one of a group of Indo-European languages who originated in Iran/India. Hitler created the theory that Aryans were Nordic people who invaded India. Germans were descendents. <br />
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