Hebrew Anglo-Saxons? — Medieval Conversion Tactics
by Tom Rowsell
ANGLO-SAXON and Jewish people were [and are — Ed.] very different! One was a polytheistic group of Germanic warrior tribes in northern Europe and the other was a monotheistic Semitic tribe in the Middle East. Yet, for the Anglo-Saxons to convert to Christianity, they had to accept the Hebrews of the Old Testament as the “chosen people” of the “one true God” — and this would not have seemed like an attractive prospect to them.
Therefore, those who wished to convert the Anglo-Saxons to the Semitic religion used clever techniques were used in Old English translations of Biblical and other Christian stories (Judith, Andreas, and Exodus) in order to make the Israelites seem more like Germanic warriors, and to make the pagans of Egypt and Assyria seem like Viking pagans.
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Source: Survive the Jive