Religious Persecution

88 B.C. Alexander Jannaeus crucifies 800 Pharisees in Israel

37 A.D. Saul of Tarsus (later Paul the apostle) persecutes Christians in Judea.

50-323 A.D. 10 Early Christian Persecutions 50 thousand

50 A.D. Roman Emperor Nero persecutes Christians

64 A.D. First general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Nero

70 A.D. Romans kill many Jews in Israel

95/96 A.D. Second general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Trajan

107 A.D. Third general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Trajan

118 & 134 A.D. Fourth general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Hadrian

151 A.D. Peaceful period for Christians

177 A.D. Fifth general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius

185 A.D. Peaceful period for Christians

202 A.D. Continuation of the fifth general Christian Persecution under Roman Emperor Septimus Severus

216 A.D. Roman Emperor Caracalla persecutes literary figures in Alexandria for satire against him

223 A.D. Peaceful period for Christians

235 A.D. Sixth general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Maximim

248 A.D. Peaceful period for Christians

250-6/251 Seventh severe general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Decius

253-260 Eighth general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Valerian

270 Ninth severe general Christian persecution under Roman Emperor Aurelian

284 & 303-305 Tenth general Christian "great persecution" under Roman Emperor Diocletian

284-303 Peaceful period for Christians

369-376 Visigoth Athanaric persecutes Christian Visigoths

446 A.D. Confucianists persecute Buddhists in China

c.472 A.D. Sharahb’il Yakuf persecutes Christians in Ethiopia al-Tabari vol.5 p.194 footnote 487

484 A.D. Arians persecute Christians in Tipasa, Algeria

525 A.D. Christian Ethiopians flee from Ethiopian Jewish persecution

527-568 Byzantine Justinian persecutes Monophysite Copts in Egypt

574-577 Confucianists persecute Buddhists in China

653A.D. Muslims burn the great library at Caesarea

700- Muslims persecute Christians

841-845 Religious persecution in China

845/850 Confucianists persecute Buddhists in China

850 A.D. Due to persecution in China, Zen Buddhism splits into 5 sects

978-1000 Jewish Queen Judith of Axum persecutes Christians

1000- Persecution of Waldenses

10th -12th centuries Burning and killing of heretics

1066 Muslims massacre Jewish men in Toledo

1096 Soldiers of the first crusade kill Jews in Wittenberg

1100's Moors persecute Jews, many flee to England

1100-1300 Mongols kill off most Nestorian Christians

1211 @Strasbourg 80 Waldenses burned to death 0.08

1252 Papal bull approved of torture for the discovery of heresy Innocent IV

1260-1518 Mamelukes of Egypt persecute Nusayris

1261-1331 Dominican Bernard Guy gives one of the most complete arguments for the Inquisition

1232 Dominican Inquisition under Albert

1233 Inquisition instituted by Gregory IX

1309 All of Venice pronounced under heresy for opposing Clement V as Pope

1349 Most Jews in Wittenberg killed: "brought plague by poisoning the wells"

1415-1416 @Czechoslovakia Hussites revolt successfully

1419 Catholics thrown out a window in Prague

1419/20-1434 Crusade against Hussites in Hungary 140K Papists

1431 @Vsewbssky Pass Hussites scare off large Holy Roman Empire army

1483 Catholics thrown out a window in Prague

1480 Spanish Inquisition started by Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain

1487-1488 Crusade against the Waldenses

1527 Mantz and other Anabaptists killed in Zurich

1545 Waldenses persecuted in Italy

1555-1560 Waldenses persecuted in Italy

1562 @Toulouse French kill Huguenots 4

1570 French Huguenot pirates kill 39 Jesuits enroute to Brazil

1576-1593 @France Catholics & Huguenots fight

1618-1648 Thirty years war kills 1/3 of German population

1600's Spanish Inquisition 50

1618 Catholics thrown out a window in Prague

1629-1669 "Trample the crucifix" time of persecution in Japan

1637 Japanese + Dutch artillery crush Christian revolt against persecution

1655 Many Waldenses killed; Waldenses revolt in Italy

12/18/1808 Napoleon put an end to the Spanish Inquisition

1820-1841 Christians persecuted in Vietnam

1870’s-1880’s Persecution of the Catholic Church in Guatemala only 100 priests left

1938 Kristallnacht in Germany - Jewish synagogues burned down

1956 Protestants persecuted in Colombia

1976 16 priests and 1,000’s of Catholics murdered in Guatemala

1990- Severe persecution in Sudan by Muslims

See The Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.4 p125 for ten Christian persecutions

 

Religious Executions

385 Priscillian of Spain executed for heresy. Execution protested by

Ambrose, Leo & Chrysostom

c1200 Ortlieb of Strassborg killed