22 April 1774 “Wandering Jew” of medieval myth arrives in Brussels #otdimjh


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22 April 1774 “Wandering Jew” of medieval myth arrives in Brussels #otdimjh

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The “Wandering Jew” is a mythical figure – condemned to wander the earth forever – who embodies ancient and medieval anti-Judaism, and the teaching of Augustine that God had condemned the Jews to continue as ‘reluctant witnesses’ to their part in the death of Christ. In the popular imagination the “Wandering Jew” continued to bear witness to his ungodly role, and typified Christian responses to Jews and Judaism of misunderstanding and hatred.

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Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable gives the different forms this legend took:

(1) Said to be KHARTAPH’ILOS, Pilate’s porter. When the officers were dragging Jesus out of the hall, Kartaphilos struck Him with his fist in the back, saying, “Go quicker, Man; go quicker!” Whereupon Jesus replied, “I indeed go quickly; but thou shalt tarry till I come again.” This man afterwards became a Christian, and…

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