The Jews became money lenders more by circumstance than by choice.
- Over time Jews were prohibited from owning property, thus unable to continue farming.
- By the 2nd century, there was an increasing emphasis on education so the young boys could read the Torah.
- The Jews excelled in economics and business.
- Jews were forced out of various crafts because they were prohibited from joining guilds (unions.)
Money lending became a necessity to pay for their education and the increasing taxes imposed upon them. They were soon caught in a vicious cycle: as the “Jewish taxes” increased, the money lenders had to raise their rates. Blind to the truth of the situation, the Jews were considered greedy – a stereotype that continues to this day.
Renounce the lie
“The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Jesus.” (St. Augustine)
Replace with truth
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.