Blood Libel
#1
So . . . whaddya think?  Were Little St. Hugh of Lincoln and St. Simon of Trent really murdered by a sect of radical Ashkenazim, or is the whole thing a myth?

I really don't know enough to weigh in, that's why I started this thread.

Arguments against - Jews are obsessive about avoiding the consumption of blood; the Talmud goes on for pages and pages about how to avoid accidentally consuming even the most minute amount of blood.  Also there doesn't seem to be any evidence for it outside of court confessions obtained either under the threat of torture or after torture had been performed.

Arguments for - The Old Testament talks about the Jews sacrificing children, so I guess it's not completely insane to imagine that this Pagan practice, widespread enough that the sacred authors talk about it pretty dang frequently, survived the fall of the second temple; also the court confessions of the accused are unanimous in the processes used to kill the children and the purpose of it; the charge of drinking the blood of children at Passover has been leveled against the Jews consistently for several millenia;  also Ariel Toaff, himself a Jew, professor of Medieval and Renaissance History at the Bar-Ilan University (second-largest in Israel), and son of a former Chief Rabbi, wrote a very involved work examining the case of St. Simon of Trent and argued that certain fringe (very fringe) elements in Ashkenazi Judaism may have practiced a passover of blood at various points in history, this work being found here: http://www.bloodpassover.com/
Reply


Messages In This Thread
Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-17-2009, 08:53 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Historian - 11-17-2009, 09:10 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by stvincentferrer - 11-17-2009, 09:29 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by GuyIncognito - 11-17-2009, 10:17 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by stvincentferrer - 11-17-2009, 10:24 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-17-2009, 11:16 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by stvincentferrer - 11-17-2009, 11:32 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Arun - 11-17-2009, 11:49 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Anastasia - 11-18-2009, 12:38 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Bonifacius - 11-18-2009, 01:13 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Baskerville - 11-18-2009, 03:30 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Vetus Ordo - 11-18-2009, 05:57 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by veritatem_dilexisti - 11-18-2009, 09:27 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-18-2009, 10:39 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by devotedknuckles - 11-18-2009, 12:42 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Vetus Ordo - 11-18-2009, 01:24 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Cyriacus - 11-18-2009, 04:55 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-18-2009, 05:08 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Pilgrim - 11-18-2009, 06:52 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Historian - 11-18-2009, 06:57 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Cyriacus - 11-18-2009, 07:58 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Pilgrim - 11-18-2009, 09:33 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Joshua - 11-18-2009, 10:27 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by anamchara - 11-18-2009, 10:45 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-18-2009, 11:09 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by mike6240 - 11-18-2009, 11:53 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Baskerville - 11-19-2009, 12:37 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Baskerville - 11-19-2009, 12:40 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by winoblue1 - 11-19-2009, 03:29 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Vetus Ordo - 11-19-2009, 05:21 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by anamchara - 11-19-2009, 07:09 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by mike6240 - 11-19-2009, 07:21 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Baskerville - 11-19-2009, 11:25 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by Vetus Ordo - 11-20-2009, 07:36 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by voxpopulisuxx - 11-20-2009, 06:07 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by John92 - 11-20-2009, 09:00 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by SaintSebastian - 11-28-2009, 03:48 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by voxpopulisuxx - 11-28-2009, 08:33 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Arun - 11-28-2009, 09:26 PM
Re: Blood Libel - by SaintSebastian - 11-29-2009, 01:34 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Arun - 11-29-2009, 01:43 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by SaintSebastian - 11-29-2009, 02:00 AM
Re: Blood Libel - by Arun - 11-29-2009, 03:41 AM



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)