Christopher Columbus' Jewish Roots Examined By Historians
"Over five centuries after the famed explorer's death, historians are taking a fresh look at what motivated Christopher Columbus to make his voyage across the Atlantic -- and how his faith may have played into those motivations.
Some scholars, after analyzing Columbus' will and other documents, have devised a new theory about the explorer. They believe he was a Marrano, or a Jew who pretended to be a Catholic to avoid religious persecution."
What motivated Columbus? If he was a Jew, there was a very good reason to get out of Spain in 1492.
Fifteenth century Spain, under Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, was the time of the Inquisition. The order was given on the 9th day of the fifth month of the Jewish calendar that all Jews be converted to Catholicism or be burned at the stake.
The 9th day of the 5th month of the Jewish calendar is a day (Tish B'Av) of mourning for Jews. On that day, the following tragedies occurred:
1. 586 BC, the first temple, Solomon's Temple, is destroyed beginning the Babylonian Captivity.
2. 70 AD, the second temple, Herod's Temple, is destroyed scattering the Jews to the four corners of the earth.
3. 135 AD, the Kochba Revolt, over 100,000 Jews are slaughtered rebelling against the Roman Empire.
4. 1290 AD, the Jews were expelled from England.
5. 1492 AD, the Inquisition began in Spain.
Zechariah 7:3 "...Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so many years?"
Footnote: Tish B'Av 2012 falls on July 28.
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