Roman Emperors Decree Judaism & Synagogues are Protected by Law

Roman Emperors Decree Judaism & Synagogues are Protected by Law

Emperor Honorius
Source: Wikipedia

Roman Emperors Theodosius I, Arcadius, and Honorius decree that Judaism is protected by law and that synagogues must not be despoiled.

This new law states:

"The sect of the Jews is forbidden by no law, hence We are gravely disturbed that their assemblies have been forbidden in certain places.

Your Sublime Magnitude will, therefore, after receiving this order, restrain with proper severity the excesses of anyone who, in the name of the Christian religion, presumes to commit certain unlawful acts and attempt to destroy and to despoil the synagogues." [CTh 16.8.9]

Through most of western history the Jews are persecuted in various ways, not protected, but there are a few occasions like this one where someone in authority points out that Judaism is legal and Jews should be left alone.

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