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    Julian of Toledo

    Jew Score:
    5

    I4

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    642 – 690

    Here's what we know about Julian of Toledo:

    His parents were Jews, but he was raised Christian. He joined the church, becoming a monk, then an abbot, then finally an archbishop.

    Julian eventually became the first bishop to have primacy over the entire Iberian peninsula through, let's say, less than savory means: he assisted in the assassination of the king.

    As the big time primate (that is the technical term, right?), Julian of Toledo did everything he could to persecute his former people — changing Catholic laws to further prosecute Jews, reinforcing anti-Semitic activities, and encouraging others in power to do the same.

    These actions helped transform Toledo from one one of the most diverse and openly accepting regions in Western Europe into yet another center of hatred and bigotry. In fact, it is arguable that Spain's long history of anti-Semitism, right up through the Inquisition, can be traced right back to Julian's policies.

    For all of these transgressions against his own people and, frankly, all of humanity, Julian was doomed to suffer in eternal hellfire to atone for his sins.

    Nah, just kidding. They made him a saint.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    August 24, 2016

    See Also

    Rahel la Fermosa

    Samuel Ha-Nagid

    The Spanish

    Teresa of Avila

    Tomas de Torquemada
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