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To begin with he encouraged his 'chosen people' to conduct genocidal war on all those weaker than themselves, and in this way they were able to take possession of the land of Canaan.
He then gave his people Kings (even although he always maintained that he was their sole sovereign monarch), and promised the 'kings' of his 'chosen people' all other kingdoms and empires of the earth for their successors.
But although his people were 'chosen', and guided by the Archon Demiurge, they were weak and ill-formed - they had no culture; no civilization - only the laws that the Archon Demiurge had bound them with when he made his coercive 'covenant' with them on Mount Seir - centuries before.
They could steal land and cities from their neighbors in the beginning, but when they took up the pretensions of kingship and empire they were soon beaten down by the surrounding powers, who still retained much of the strength that had been infused into them by the ineffable, ever-living Æons. (the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans).
|The Holy of Holies|
The lot of the so-called 'chosen people' then became defeat and captivity.
But the Archon Demiurge managed to keep his hold over them, and even when the Temple had bee laid waste, and the sacred Ark had disappeared into the mists of history, they still managed to build in new temple (once again in the style of their current conquerors - (the Hellenes) - but it had an empty Holy of Holies, and there was no presence of the שכינה - Shekinah to savor the squeals and bellowing of the sacrificed animals, or the smell of blood, or the scent of smoke arising from the burnt offerings.
And then the ultimate disaster - the destruction of Herod's temple by the Romans, and the Diaspora - (διασπορά - תְּפוּצָה - 'scattering or dispersion').
Destruction of Herod's TempleFollowing the 1st century Great Revolt and the 2nd century Simon Bar Kochba revolt, the destruction of Judaea exerted a decisive influence upon the Jewish people, both those in Israel and those who were dispersed throughout the world. One of the most significant changes was the shift of the center of religious authority from the Temple Priesthood to Rabbis.
But out of this disaster the Archon Demiurge had created a new strategy.
From the ruins of Judaism he caused to arise a new religion - a religion that would captivate not his 'chosen people' - but rather the descendants of the noble race, as well as members of the lesser races created by miscegenation.
This religion was specifically designed to create a culture of submission and passivity - a religion of love and forgiveness - very different to the aggressive doctrines of the 'chosen people' - who were repeatedly encouraged to destroy the enemies of the Archon Demiurge (Yaweh).
And so the noble race would become emasculated, and easy prey for the the 'chosen people' who were now everywhere in their midst.
The Archon Demiurge, however, once again, in his pride, had miscalculated.
The noble race were not easily cowed by this religion of love, and seeing the people of the Demiurge infiltrating and corrupting their civilization they, like the Greeks and the Romans before them, (both members of the noble race), struck back.
The so called Christians proved to be far from 'meek and mild' - and the chosen race was unable to advance the strategies of the Archon Demiurge.
And so things remained for some considerable time - with the 'chosen people' living as best they could, as money lenders and traders, with no homeland and no culture - 'strangers in a strange land'.
During the Middle Ages the 'chosen people', at various times, were expelled from a number of European Christian kingdoms, although they were, to some degree tolerated in the Muslim Ottoman realms - where the Archon Demiurge was already working on his 'new' religion - Islam.
With the dawning of the Renaissance the intelligentsia, and upper classes of Christian societies, under the influence of the revival of the ancient wisdom of the ineffable, ever-living Æons, (whom they took to be the gods and goddesses of the ancient world (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans), gradually became only superficially Christian.
This, however, was no advantage to the 'chosen people'.
The early and Medieval Christians had branded the 'Chosen people' as 'Deicides' - because they were considered to have been responsible for killing Jesus (see Matthew 27:24–25:) - and to the Christians, Jesus was not only a man, but also God.
Jewish 'deicide' is a historic belief among Christians that Jewish people as a whole were responsible for the death of Jesus. The antisemitic slur "Christ-killer" was used by mobs to incite violence against Jews and contributed to many centuries of pogroms, the murder of Jews during the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, etc.While this belief was never completely abandoned by the less well educated masses (particularly in backward states such as the Russian Empire), the intelligentsia, and upper classes were prepared to accept Jews, to a certain extent, particularly valuing them for their trading and financial skills, and throughout the Renaissance and Enlightenment 'court Jews' ('Hofjuden', as they were known in the Germanic states) became relatively commonplace.
This resulted in some Jews becoming socially mobile, and obtaining a relatively advanced education.
As time passed, Western Europe, under the influence of the Enlightenment, embraced a degree of what we would now recognize as industrialization, and with the development of more complex societies, the more able members of the 'chosen people' found their academic abilities highly valued.
It was not long before many of the newly evolved 'professions' contained many members of this Jewish 'intelligentsia'.
This was particularly evident in the more advances states such as the German kingdoms and principalities, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
|שטעטל - Shtetl|
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Wappen des österreichischen Reiches
Shtetlekh (Yiddish: שטעטל - shtetl (singular) - שטעטלעך, shtetlekh - (were small towns with large Jewish populations, which existed in Central and Eastern Europe.Not all the Jews who moved from the villages and small towns became doctors, lawyers and schoolteachers, however.
Many lived in restricted communities in great cities such as Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Berlin - but their influence was very limited.
The Jews that mattered, however, infiltrated all aspects of central European culture - although some moved as far from the Shtetl as the United Kingdom (one became a British prime Minister - Disraeli).
There was still, however, the problem of 'religion'.
Europe was, in the 19th Century, nominally Christian (whether Catholic or Protestant), and in order to scale the heights of the establishment - in the arts, politics or science, it became necessary for Jews to shed their religion.
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