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170 BETH SHEARIM (Eretz Israel)

Became the new center of learning under Judah HaNasi.


C. 170 MELITO, BISHOP OF SARDIS (Asia Minor)

Published a sermon "On the Passion" in which he blamed the Jews for the persecution and death of Jesus and absolved Pontius Pilate and the Romans from any guilt. Although there was much evidence to the contrary his stand served to rid the Romans of any responsibility or shame and thus encourage them to convert. This is one of the first times the Jews were officially accused of deicide.


C. 170 - C. 236 HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME

An important early Christian theologian. He wrote Expository Treatise Against The Jews , which linked the condition of the Jews to their rejection of Jesus. He also identified the anti-Christ as being from the tribe of Dan.


C. 175 BISHOP APOLLINARIS OF HIERAPOLIS (Phrygia)

Wrote two books against the Jews . " Saint" Apollinaris defended Christian beliefs and strongly castigated the Jews for their "blindness".




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