Ancient Jewish History

The time period that is associated with ancient Jewish history can be traced back to the peoples that had inhabited the fertile regions of the Middle East including the Tigris, Nile and Euphrates river valleys. According to scholars, this history refers directly to the Israelites who occupied an area known as Canaan that was located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Many religious documents refer to an exodus by Jacob and twelve of his sons during a period of extreme famine; this group thereafter settling in northern Egypt. While it was believed that a forty-year pilgrimage out of Egypt (and away from the captors of the Israelites) took place, modern archaeological evidence indicates that Iron Age Israel arose directly from within Canaan as opposed to a supposed Egyptian exodus. More information about Israelites history Still, the period of ancient Jewish history was...

Jewish history: Middle Ages

Jews have been in existence since ancient times. By 1000 B.C.E. They had established a national, state called Israel. They also practiced a unique religion; Judaism. The Jewish nation was conquered severally and was absorbed into the Roman empire. The Jews revolted against the Roman rule and succeeded in liberating themselves at the second attempt. Historical events : early and late middle age During the whole of the Middle ages the Jews became more and more marginalized due to their economic and political disadvantages. For example, in the early middle ages, they were initially treated as citizens. This, however, changed in the late middle ages as a law was created to treat them as resident foreigners. They were under the protection of the Roman ruler. This left them vulnerable to his vagary. Jews were prohibited from owning Christian slaves and partaking Christian oaths, thus...