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The Wandering Jew. (1) Said to be KHARTAPH'ILOS, Pilate's porter. When the officers were dragging Jesus out of the hall, Kartaphilos struck Him with his fist in the back, saying, “Go …

Jews

in Dryden's satire of Absalom and Achitophel, those English who were loyal to Charles II., called David. The Jews, a headstrong, moody, murmuring race, God's pampered people, whom, debauche…

Christina Rossetti: Christian and Jew

Christian and JewA Dialogue'Oh happy happy land! Angels like rushes stand About the wells of light.'— 'Alas, I have not eyes for this fair sight: Hold fast my hand.'—'As in a soft wind, th…

Christina Rossetti: Christian and Jew

Christian and JewA Dialogue'Oh happy happy land! Angels like rushes stand About the wells of light.'— 'Alas, I have not eyes for this fair sight: Hold fast my hand.'—'As in a soft wind, th…

Jew's Myrtle

So called from the popular notion that it formed the crown of thorns placed by the Jews on the Saviour's head. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894JewsJew's-harp…

Wandering Jew

(1) Of Greek tradition. Aristeas, a poet who continued to appear and disappear alternately for above 400 years, and who visited all the mythical nations…

Jews' Sabbath

In the Monasticon de Melsa, ii. pp. 134, 137, we read that a Jew at Tewkesbury fell into a cesspool, and Richard, Earl of Gloucester, passing by, offered to pull him out, but the Jew refuse…

Rich as a Jew

This expression arose in the Middle Ages, when Jews were almost the only merchants, and were certainly the most wealthy of the people. There are still the Rothschilds among them, and others…

Jew's-harp

called by Bacon jeutrompe, by Beaumont and Fletcher, jew-trump, by Hakluyt, jew's-harp. The best players on this instrument have been Koch, a Prussian soldier under Frederick the Great; Kun…

Jew's-eye

Worth a Jew's-eye. According to fable, this expression arose from the custom of torturing Jews to extort money from them. The expedient of King John is well known: He demanded 10,000 marks …