The way Christianity viewed the Jews throught out the ages.

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Humans have always disliked the unlike, or fear of the unknown. In ancient times the several Israeli tribes feared the outsiders. Later Greeks were feared because they believed in polytheism, while Jews and Christians believed in monotheism, so there ideas clashed. They had a fear of the unknown. During World War II, Jews were put in concentration camps because they were viewed as different. The Nazi's disliked the unlike. Even today we fear the unknown. Today, we partly fear the middle east because their ideas and way of doing things are different from ours.

A major aspect of the Shoah and genocide is supersessionism. This word comes from the Latin word to sit upon or to rule over, is the belief that because the Jews didn't accept Jesus Christ, God canceled the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and therefore the Jews. Throughout history the church has believed in supersessionism, often quoting from the Gospel of Matthew in the bible, which says that a vineyard will be taken away from the wicked tenants and given to other people (Garber 8).

English reformer Hugh Latimer believes the Jews "were cursed in the sight of God.... Though Jerusalem be builded again, yet the Jews shall have it no more." Martin Luther attempted to show that God had replaced the Jews with the Church by stating, "Listen Jew, are you aware that Jerusalem and your sovereignty, together with your temple and priesthood, have been destroyed for 1,460 years?" Ruler Augustine said "the church admits and avows the Jewish people to be cursed."

However after seeing what happened to the Jews in the Second World War (Shoah), many Christians have stopped believing in supersessionism (Garber 9). In 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued to the Roman Catholic Church that "the Jews...