Re: [sig] Jewishness (was: Re: Turning Fergus Russian)
- In a message dated 8/29/2003 11:19:27 AM Central Daylight Time,
How sure are we *from the evidence* that in the early period, at least (i.e.
before the Fourth Lateran Council), Jews were not actually seen as a
_racial_ minority first, and a _religious_ minority second?
If it is true that ethnicity not religion is the key, then one might argue
that adherence to Judaism need not necessarily have led to the Khazars being
regarded as "Jews" by their contemporaries!
And it would also explain why a convert to Christianity who rose to high
status in the Bohemian court of the 12th century (eventually even building
himself a castle in south Moravia) was nevertheless always referred to as
"Podiva the Jew"...
Quite likely. There is also a Bishop in Russia (as usual for dates, I'd have
to dig to get one, but it's pre-Mongol IIRC) who went by the name of Luka
Zhidiata (Luka [Lucas} the Jew). A Bishop.
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