Monthly Archives: September 2015

20 September 1900 Birth of Joachim Jeremias, scholar of Yeshua’s Jewish context #otdimjh

For those of us who cut our teeth studying theology in the 1970s, the works of Joachim Jeremias were eye-opening, magisterial and indispensable. After the Bible, Jeremias seemed the next most authoritative source, so detailed, well-written and user-friendly was his … Continue reading

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19 September 1899 Dreyfus released from Devil’s Island #otdimjh

Alfred Dreyfus (9 October 1859 – 12 July 1935) was a French artillery officer of Jewish background whose trial and conviction in 1894 on charges of treason became one of the most tense political dramas in modern French history. Known … Continue reading

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18 September 96 c.e. Death of Roman Emperor Domitian, who expands Fiscus Judaicus to include Christians who live as Jews #otdimjh

Domitian, who ruled between 81 and 96 AD, expanded the fiscus Iudaicus [Jewish tax] to include not only born Jews and converts to Judaism, but also on those who concealed the fact that they were Jews or observed Jewish customs. … Continue reading

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17 September 1394 Jews again expelled from France #otdimjh

Previously expelled in 1182 and 1306 but allowed to return, the expulsion of 1394 was sporadically applied and renewed again in 1498 and 1615. Jews were not permitted officially to settle again in France until 25 September 1675. They were … Continue reading

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16 September 1747 Benedict XIV issues “Apostolici Ministerii munus” preventing the divorce of Jewish converts #otdimjh

BENEDICT XIV (PROSPERO LAMBERTINI) was the two hundred and fifty-fourth pope; born at Bologna in 1675; elected pope Aug. 17, 1740; died May 3, 1758. This pope, who graciously accepted a dedication from Voltaire and was full of amenity toward … Continue reading

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15 september 1199 Papal Bull “Sicut Judaeis” re-issued by Innocent III #otdimjh

(Latin: “As the Jews”) was a papal bull setting out the official position of the papacy regarding the treatment of Jews.  Here are some excerpts: “[The Jews] ought to suffer no prejudice. We, out of the meekness of Christian piety, … Continue reading

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14 September 1246 Bar Hebraeus ordained bishop in Syriac Church #otdimjh  

Gregory Bar-Hebræus (son of a Hebrew) Abu Ab-Foraj Ibu Harun, Jacobite Syrian historian, physician, philosopher and theologian; born at Malatia, Asiatic Turkey, 1226; died at Moragha, Persia, 1286. Gregory first studied medicine under his father Aaron, who embraced Christianity, and … Continue reading

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13 September 2001 Lutherans reflect on antisemitism and anti-Judaism #otdimjh

Message of a Consultation of the Lutheran World Federation held at Dobogoko, Hungary, 9-13 September 2001 This message is a working paper, which comes out of a discussion that is ongoing. Its purpose is to stimulate the continuing Jewish-Christian dialogue. … Continue reading

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12 September 2005 Demonstration against Messianic Jews in Arad #otdimjh

On September 12, the Israeli High Court heard a petition from an ultra-orthodox group, the Gur Hassidim [see here] requesting permission to hold massive demonstrations outside the home of Polly Sigulim, a Messianic Jew. ARAD, Israel – For the past seven years, … Continue reading

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11 September 2001 Attack on the World Trade Centre #otdimjh

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade … Continue reading

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