Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Judaism USA 1996 Frakes, Jonathan & Dean Wesley Smith. The Abductors: Conspiracy. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 27. "Misfortune can happen to anyone. Only the dead are safe from it.

--Harry Kemelman
From Friday the Rabbi Slept Late "

Judaism USA 1996 Hauman, Glenn. "On the Air " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 163-164. "Finckley: Do you know of cases where people don't do business in your companies because they're led by a mutant?

Worthington: A mutant boycott, you mean?

Finckley: In essence, yes.

Worthington: I know of a few, sure, they've been brought to my attention. And I know of people who won't do business with Japanese companies, or companies with South African holdings, or Jewish owned or Arab owned. "

Judaism USA 1996 Ing, Dean. Systemic Shock. New York: Tor (original 1981; 1st Tor edition 1992); pg. 88. "Catholics, Jews, Unitarians and atheists wanted equal [media] time. "
Judaism USA 1996 Schimel, Lawrence. "A Stable Relationship " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 195. "When you marry the daughter of an editor there are certain jokes you simply know you will have to endure. At the bris, your father-in-law will say things like, 'Just a few small cuts' in the same tone of voice in which he asks for revisions. " [Main characters in story are Jewish, though only some refs. to Judaism.]
Judaism USA 1997 Ing, Dean. Systemic Shock. New York: Tor (original 1981; 1st Tor edition 1992); pg. 296. "The truth was that most American Jews had lived urban lives, and died urban deaths, a year before [from SinoInd nuclear attack]. More Jews survived in Europe than in America. "
Judaism USA 1998 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. -3. "Thanks to Joe Mayhew, who checked this novel's Catholicism; and to Charles Meister, who helped with the book's Judaism. "
Judaism USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 200. "We go to the church, as usual, and look at the graves. Then to the Wall. Only two hanging on it today: one Catholic, not a priest though, placarded with an upside-down cross, and some other sect I don't recognize. The body is marked only with a J, in red. It doesn't mean Jewish, those would be yellow stars. Anyway there haven't been many of them. Because they were declared Sons of Jacob and therefore special, they were given a choice. They could convert, or emigrate to Israel. A lot of them emigrated, if you can believe the news. I saw a boatload of them, on the TV, leaning over the railings in their black coats and hats and their long beards, trying to look as Jewish as possible, in costumes fished up from the past, the women with shawls over their heads, smiling and waving a little stiffly it's true, as if they were posing; and another shot, of the richer ones, lining up for the planes. "
Judaism USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 201. "Ofglen says some other people got out that way, by pretending to be Jewish, but it wasn't easy because of the tests they gave you and they've tightened up on that now.

You don't get hanged only for being a Jew, though. You get hanged for being a noisy Jew who won't make the choice. Or for pretending to convert. That's been on the TV too: raids at night, secret hoards of Jewish things dragged out from under beds, torahs, talliths, Magen Davids. And the owners of them, sullen faced, unrepentant, pushed by the Eyes against the walls of their bedrooms, while the sorrowful voice of the announcer tells us voice-over about their perfidy and ungratefulness.

So the J isn't for Jew. What could it be? Jehovah's Witness? Jesuit? Whatever it meant, he's just as dead. "

Judaism USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 307. [Academic symposium in Nanavit, year 2195.] "He also is suspected of having orchestrated the President's Day Massacre... The National Homelands and the Jewish boat-person plans were both his, as was the idea of privatizing the Jewish repatriation scheme, with the result that more than one boatload of Jews was simply dumped into the Atlantic, to maximize profits. "
Judaism USA 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 202. "Turner Diaries by William Pierce... One early vignette (page 10) depicts the murders of a black liquor store clerk and two Jewish deli owners. Seven pages later, a neo-Nazi's death is avenged when the Cook County sheriff... "
Judaism USA 1998 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. ix-x. [Acknowledgments] "Legends pass from one hand to another... I must pay homage, in roughly reverse chronological order, to a number of fabulists and philosophers who--knowingly or not--worked to make what follows possible: Julius Schwartz and Mortimer Weisinger; Orson Scott Card and Isaac Bashevis Singer; Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster; Robert Montana and Stan Lee; Jack Kirby; Otto Binder and William Moulton Marston; Joseph Campbell and Edgar Allen Poe; Walter Elias Disney and Samuel Langhorne Clemens; Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin; Terence Hanbury White and Thomas Malory; Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, and John; Aristocles and Homer; and those whose hands and minds have contributed and passed the legends along... To... Rabbi Aaron Kriegel, who told me to read Andrew Greeley. " [List includes many Jewish individuals, as well as patriarchs.]
Judaism USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 60. "Levine licked his lips. 'The revived are demons from Hell?'

The town atheist, the secular Jew, looking to mock him. Gilray wondered if Levine would be among the 144,000 Jews to convert before Armageddon. " [Also, pg. 62. Refs to 'the Wandering Jew' on pg. 324, 326, 328, 345.]

Judaism USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 247. "They were Italians, Germans, Poles, Blacks, Cubans, Vietnamese and Anglos,... Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians... Baptists, Jews, Catholics... "
Judaism USA 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 345. "A sticker on top said, 'Zeus, Moses, Jesus and Elvis.' "
Judaism USA 1999 Randle, Kristen D. Breaking Rank. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1999); pg. 25. "'What say we take Baby Brother over that way? And after he's done, we go out and he tells us all about it, and then we party till he drops? Bar mitzvah, eh? Good?' "
Judaism USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Epiphany " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 297. "But Moses had wandered around in the wilderness for forty years following said pillar. And the star hadn't let the wise men to Bethlehem. It had led them straight into King Herod's arms. They hadn't had a clue where the newborn Christ was. 'Where is He that is born king of the Jews?' they'd asked Herod. "
Judaism USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Inn " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 88. "The Bible dictionary had a set of maps at the back. Early Israelite Settlements in Canaan, The Assyrian Empire, the Wanderings of the Israelites in the Wilderness. "
Judaism USA 2000 Cullin, Mitch. "Excerpt from The Cosmology of Bing " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 53. "...that cloistered threesome of Dr. Richards, Dr. Hershfield, Dr. McDouglas, or, as he often denounced them to his wife, that Holy Trinity of Rot: 'The faggot, Jew...' " [Other refs. to a Jewish character, not in DB, but no other refs. to Judaism by name.]
Judaism USA 2000 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 1. "...Ridenour had witnessed the completion of a process that had begun much earlier: the place of general fiction had been taken over by a rather repellent growth called sci-fi. The former categories of fiction had now been almost entirely absorbed: for example, there was Jewish family sci-fi (not including shtetl sci-fi, a separate genre)... "
Judaism USA 2000 Leavitt, David. "The Term Paper Artist " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1997); pg. 205. "'...I wouldn't call myself an atheist. Instead I'd say I'm a skeptical lapsed Jew, distrustful of dogma.'

'Tony's Jewish too. Last night he was telling me about his circumcision.'

'His bris.'

'--and how in Israel they use the foreskins to make fertility drugs.' " [More, pg. 206.]

Judaism USA 2000 Sheffield, Charles. Brother to Dragons. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1992); pg. 9. "'Happy New Year, everyone. Happy New Century!'

But in homes and bars and hotels and restaurants, in freezing log cabins and tall tents and stifling squat mud huts, in churches and chapels and synagogues, in hospitals and prisons and asylums... "

Judaism USA 2001 Stroyar, J.N. The Children's War. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 844. "'I'm not so sure I should address the public directly. It's so low class.'

'No, you must! The American government has no control over its people. They're a bunch of impotent fools--that's what comes of democracy. The entire place is run by opinion polls of the voters' preferences, and those opinions are manufactured by their Jewish-run media. It's pointless defending our interests to their government--they're toothless. We must win over the American populace!'

'But if their media are controlled by Jews, how can we possibly get a fair hearing?' Karl moaned.

...'We have some friends there. I'm sure I can arrange something for you if you want.' " [Also pg. 731.]

Judaism USA 2003 Knight, Damon. The Observers. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 60. Pg. 60: "In the split holoscreen, the two talking heads regarded each other... 'We're talking with Rabbi Garson Handler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in New York,' said the host... "; Pg. 60-62: discussion of Christians and Jews; Rabbi Handler.
Judaism USA 2004 Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 115. "'Yes,' Kaminsky said. 'Never again. You and I--not individual you and I but ethnological totalities, East, West--rose from savagery and waste; we were smart; we became buddy-buddies, made deals, you know, hand-clasp on it, our words in the protocols of '02. We want back to being, what does the Jewish Christian Bible say? Without leaves.' "
Judaism USA 2009 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 228-229. [News report.] "'I understand there is a mixture of religious affiliations in the group'

'Eight Protestants of various stripes, three Catholics, two Jews, one who calls himself a New Age minister, three Mormons.'

'No Muslims...?'

'No Muslims, no Anglicans, no Unitarians.' "

Judaism USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 6. "Every Italian person John Cozzano had ever spoken to for more than about ten minutes had spontaneously warned him of the danger of borrowing money from Jews... it was possible to carry on a financial transaction with a Jew without forfeiting your shirt, or your immortal soul. " [More, pg. 8.]
Judaism USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 87. "'...But we no longer trust charisma because Hitler used it to kill Jews and JFK used it to get laid and send us to Vietnam.' "
Judaism USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 344. "A man, very likely a Jew from Chicago, had just driven up to his trailer and offered him ten thousand dollars. "
Judaism USA 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 155. "'I see. Aquinas cleaned up the Greeks for you, so Plato is okay. Hell, you even baptized Aristotle's bones, for that matter, once you found a use for his thoughts. Take away the Greek logicians and the Jewish mystics and you wouldn't have much left.' "
Judaism USA 2024 Clarke, Arthur C. & Mike McQuay. Richter 10. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 46. "She remembered that when the zones had first been created, her father had called them 'ghettoes,' a word that was chilling to the daughter of a Jew, openly discriminated against during her teenage years after the Masada Operation. But she'd been prepared for the discrimination. She'd grown up with terror that had emanated from her father, no matter how hard he tried to hide it. Germans had run the country from the time she was scarcely more than a toddler until she was almost a teenager, and, though they bent over backwards to disassociate themselves from their ancient Nazi past, the Germans nonetheless exhibited the kind of authoritarianism that made her father fear a concentration camp was being build around every corner. "
Judaism USA 2024 Clarke, Arthur C. & Mike McQuay. Richter 10. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 59. "'Why are you with the white woman, Brother?'

'I love her.'

'She is your oppressor. Not just a white woman, but a Jewess.'

Newcombe's jaw muscles tightened. 'She's a Cosmie.'

'Judaism is a race, not a religion.'

'I do not accept the philosophies of the Nation of Islam. I'm an Africk in America and I'm doing very well, thank you...' " [Some other refs., not in DB, e.g. pg. 279.]

Judaism USA 2024 Clarke, Arthur C. & Mike McQuay. Richter 10. New York: Bantam (1996); pg. 214. "'...There was speculation that everybody might go. Plus, Jews were being killed in many places. It was scary.'

'Is that when you became a Cosmie?'

'No,' She laughed, moving around to sit beside him on the couch. 'My father was Jewish by birth, not my mother, which left me nowhere in a matrilineal culture. I always remember my dad as a Cosmie. He converted when I was very young. Guess that's why I gravitated that way. Cosmies are friendly enough folks, like Unitarians with vision. It didn't stop me from losing a scholarship because they said I was Jewish, though.'

'There was a lot of anger for awhile,' Crane said. 'I remember the backlash. That's why most of my staff members are Jews...' "

Judaism USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 23. "Jarret supporters... A witch, in their view, tends to be a Moslem, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist... "
Judaism USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 84. "'...Can our country be just a little bit Christain and a little bit Buddhist, maybe?... Or maybe a country can be a little bit Christian and a little bit Jewish?...' "
Judaism USA 2040 Bova, Ben. Moonrise. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 334. "'It's an invasion of academic freedom!' Jinny snarled.

'Sure it is,' he agreed amiably. 'But what can I do about it? The Jews don't like The Merchant of Venice, the Africans don't like Othello. The Baptists say Hamlet is smutty and the feminists complain about Macbeth for lord's sake! What can I do?' "

Judaism USA 2050 Haldeman, Joe. Forever Peace. New York: Ace Books (1998; first ed. 1997); pg. 152. "'Dr. Jefferson. I have one Jewish mother already. I don't need one with a beard and a suit.' "
Judaism USA 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 57. "He looked about nervously for nozzles that might admit poisonous gas. The Jews in Nazi Germany, half a century or so ago; they had been promised relief... "
Judaism USA 2080 Dick, Philip K. The Crack in Space. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 19. "Historically, the original defective 'scuttler had belonged to an employee of Terran Development named Henry Ellis. After the fashion of humans Ellis had not reported the defect to his employers . . . or so Rick recalled. It had been before his time but myth persisted, an incredible legend, still current among 'scuttler repairmen, that through the defect in his 'scuttler Ellis had--it was hard to believe--composed the Holy Bible.

The principle underlying the operation of the 'scuttlers was a limited form of time travel. Along the tube of his 'scuttler--it was said--Ellis had found a weak point, a shimmer, at which another continuum completely had been visible. He had stooped down and witnessed a gathering of tiny persons who yammered in speeded-up voices and scampered about in their world just beyond the wall of the tube. "

Judaism USA 2080 Dick, Philip K. The Crack in Space. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 20. [How, according to the Jiff-scuttler legend, the Bible was composed.] "Who were these people? Initially, Ellis had no known, but even so he had engaged in commerce with them; he had accepted sheets--astonishingly thin and tiny--of questions, taken the questions to language-decoding equipment at TD, then, once the foreign script of the tiny people had been translated, taking the questions to one of the corporations big computers to get them answered. Then back to the Linguistics Department and at last at the end of the day, back up the tube of the Jiffi-scuttler to hand tot he tiny people the answers--in their own language--to their questions... According to the legend, the tiny people were from Earth's own past; the script, of course, had been ancient Hebrew. Whether this had really happened Rick did not pretend to know... "
Judaism USA 2100 Dickson, Gordon R. Necromancer. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1962); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "'Is the Guild against an attempt to reach the nearer stars?'

'Well now, ladies and gentlemen . . .' The lips smiled. 'What did the Sumerian and Semite say in the days of the older gods? I believe they called the planets 'sheep that are far away.' Did they not? Shamash and Adad were the deities responsible for that statement, as you can find by checking your ancient histories. And if habitable worlds are like sheep, then surely there must be a great many strayed around father stars which we can find again.' ";

Pg. 208: "'Responsibilities. But not the sort you think. You've been the instrument of a revelation to me--the revelation of the New Jerusalem The future may hold more than many think.' "

Judaism USSR 1952 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 178. Pg. 178: "'Timashuk,' I said. 'Caught Stalin's ear in the thirties. Said all the best scientists and doctors in the Soviet Union should work together to make Comrade Stalin live longer. Stalin liked that, but Timashuk was a fraud. She informed on the Jewish doctors in 1952. Most of them were shot.' ";

Pg. 185: "...we had worked our way up to Lydia Timashuk and the Doctors' Plot of 1952, followed by the expatriation' of two million Jews to Siberia, then the death--some called it murder--of old Joe Stalin... ";

Pg. 206: "'the Jewish medical researchers who might have been associated with Silk. The so-called Doctors' Plot of 1952. Ultimately, millions of Jews were banished to Siberia. You must agree, there was a measure of poetic justice.' "

Judaism Utah 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 446. "People looked up from whatever they were doing when he rode past. He didn't know how they did it, but they could tell he didn't belong here. Maybe somebody'd pinned a sign to him: I AM A GENTILE. He laughed, partly at himself, partly at Utah. Hell, even Jews were Gentiles here. "
Judaism Utah 1991 Young, Margaret Blair. "Outsiders " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1991); pg. 302. "They were all laughing. David was telling a joke about a Jewish nurse, a joke I didn't understand. "
Judaism Utah: Beaver County 2010 Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996); pg. 419. "'President, you know the story of King David?' he called out.

Jeff looked perplexed. 'Yes, I do.'

'Ain't he one o' them Jewish kings from the Bible?' "

Judaism Utah: Richfield 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 81. "Tibor said, 'What's the story on this apple tree? Is this the tree from which the Christian-Jewish idea of the serpent in the garden of eden come?'

'It's our understanding that the Garden of Edem [sic] is located around a hundred miles to the east,' Jackson said. "

Judaism Utah: Salt Lake City 1881 Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 54-55. "Despite his [Gabriel Hamilton's] small size--Lincoln towered over him--Hamilton had a jaunty manner and a way of raising one eyebrow just a little to suggest he was hard to impress. After shaking hands, he went on, 'Call me Gabe, if you please, sir. All my Gentile friends do.'

'Your--Gentile friends?' Lincoln wondered if he'd heard correctly. His ears, these days, weren't what they had been. Gabe Hamilton had neither a Hebraic name nor Hebraic features.

The little man laughed out loud. 'If you're not a Mormon in Salt Lake City, Mr. Lincoln, you're a Gentile. Aaron Rothman runs a dry-goods shop down the street from me. Here, he's a Gentile.'

'And what is his opinion of his . . . unusual status?' Lincoln asked.

'He thinks it's funny as blazes, matter of fact,' Hamilton answered. 'He's a pretty good egg, Rothman is. But Presbyterians like me, Catholics, Baptists, Jews, what have you--in Utah Territory, we're all outsiders looking in...' "

Judaism Utah: Utah County 1994 Wolverton, Dave. "Wheatfields Beyond " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 17. Pg. 17: "'Hunh,' Joel said. 'Ungricht. Good solid Aryan name. His ancestors probably fed our ancestors to the ovens at Auschwitz. I don't want you talking to people like him again. I'm going to play roulette...' " [Joel is probably referring to 'people like him', meaning mentally ill people, although it seems like he could be referring to German people. Based on this comment, the main character Tana and her husband Joel are apparently Jewish, although there is nothing else noticeably Jewish about them mentioned in the story, until page 24, which explicitly identifies her as Jewish.]; Pg. 24: "She'd often envied them. She'd lived with the Mormons for years, feeling like the only Jew in Provo, Utah. She'd never liked them particularly, never made close friends with one, but she envied how they clung together, envied them because they were not alone. "
Judaism Vermont 1971 O'Neil, Dennis (from an idea by Berni Wrightson with an assist from Harlan Ellison). "Night of the Reaper " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #237, December 1971); pg. 49. Batman: "Robin, meet Doctor Gruener! He's the reason I'm here! "; Dr. Gruener: "Ja, is true! You see, young man, I was once an inmate of a Nazi concentration camp! Zis camp was run by Colonel Kurt Schloss! "; Robin: "I've heard of him... The one they called The Butcher! "; Dr. Gruener: "Ja, is good name, too! Schloss loved to humiliate, torture . . . . and kill! A week ago, I happen to be in costume shop buying outfit for my daughter's birthday . . . and I see Schloss! " [Many more refs., not in DB. This story is about Jewish Holocaust survivor Dr. Gruener's plans to get revenge on the Nazi leader, Kurt Schloss.]
Judaism Vermont 1971 O'Neil, Dennis (from an idea by Berni Wrightson with an assist from Harlan Ellison). "Night of the Reaper " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #237, December 1971); pg. 58. [1] [Batman confronts Dr. Gruener, the Jewish doctor who has largely completed his plan to have vengeance against Colonel Schloss, the Nazi who led the concentration camp that Gruener had been imprisoned in during World War II] Batman: "You can't run any farther! You can't escape . . . from me--or yourself! "; Dr. Gruener [dressed as Grim Reaper]: "Then you have guessed my identity? "
Judaism Vermont 1971 O'Neil, Dennis (from an idea by Berni Wrightson with an assist from Harlan Ellison). "Night of the Reaper " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #237, December 1971); pg. 59. [2] Batman: "Of course! Those Nazis chasing Schloss--they couldn't have known I was around--unless you told them! "; Dr. Gruener: "And have you also guessed why I told them? "; Batman: "Yes! After you informed on Schloss, you had a change of heart . . . you decided on personal vengeance! "; Dr. Gruener: "And who has better right? My father and mother, my sisters . . . I saw the Butcher [Schloss] empty his pistol into their bodies. I heard him laugh as their blood poured onto the filth of the camp! Who are you to judge me? You--who hae not witnessed the horror of those days! Still, I awake screaming! I feel the agonies . . . smell the smoke of the execution chamber . . . listen to the helpless crying of babies. " [Picture shows Dr. Gruener's memories: a Nazi colonel with a swastika medal on his hat, a hand holding a whip, and 10 emaciated Jews being forced to march, heads bowed in misery.]
Judaism Vermont 1971 O'Neil, Dennis (from an idea by Berni Wrightson with an assist from Harlan Ellison). "Night of the Reaper " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #237, December 1971); pg. 62-63. [Dr. Gruener, the Jewish Holocaust survivor who earlier murdered the Nazi killed his family during WWII, runs from Batman. Batman is sympathetic to the man's desire for justice, but feels he must apprehend Gruener; an innocent bystander who was killed during Gruener's plan. Dr. Gruener is running atop a dam. An unnamed Vermont resident seen throughout this story--perhaps Harlan Ellison?--is walking toward him on the dam. This man wears a necklace] Dr. Gruener: "Get out of my way--FOOL! " [Dr. Gruener, dressed as the Grim Reaper, swings his scythe at the man, and then pushes him down. When he swung, he caught the man's Star of David necklase on his scythe.] Dr. Gruener: "I waned you! "; man: "Please--mister . . . for God's sake . . . " [Gruener finally sees the Star of David necklace hanging from his scythe. He stares.] "Gruener: "W-what have I become? " [He steps backwards, falls off the dam to his death, the Star of David lying next to him.]
Judaism Virginia 1988 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 93. "...and that discipline had been close enough to what was required here, what with all the well-remembered fasts and the meditations and the sacramental meal of smoked salmon and whitefish at Canter's Jewish delicatessen on Fairfax, one Friday in 1988... "
Judaism Washington, D.C. 1993 Anthony, Patricia. Brother Termite. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1993); pg. 107. "...I wanted to tell him that I'm available for funerals and weddings and bar mitzvahs.' "
Judaism Washington, D.C. 1993 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 49. [Watching a video of the movie Judgment at Nuremberg] "The case against Janning hinged on the matter of Feldenstein, a Jew he'd ordered executed on trumped-up indecency charges, Janning demanded the right to speak, over the objection of his own lawyer. When he took the stand, Avi felt his stomach knotting. Janning told of the lies Hitler had sold German society: ' 'There are devils among us: Communists, liberals, Jews, Gypsies. Once these devils will be destroyed, your misery will be destroyed.' ' Janning shook his head slightly. 'it was the old, old story of the sacrificial lamb.' " [More.]
Judaism Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "Beneath its walls wandered a weird profusion of nuns and rabbis and sikhs and friars, and others... "; Pg. 72: "I saw tuxedos of every vintage, as well as morning coats, evening gowns, beaded miniskirts, tribal robes, kimonos, velvet yarmulkas, and every kind of ecclesiastical attire... "; Pg. 130: "'...why women aren't allowed to be priests or rabbis...' "; Pg. 201: "CHANUKAH GREETINGS from OLDUVAI GORGE! "
Judaism Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 105. "'Moses.'

...'You know, they show The Ten Commandments on TV every so often. It was on last night, and--'

'Get to the point, son.'

'The point is, Moses and the Jews wandered all over the place for forty years waiting to get into the Promised Land. They must have gone everywhere.'

'But Mars?'...'Think about it. These people are going to wander, leaving evidence of everyplace they've been. Forty years, they could have gone around the world in that time. Fathered nations, different languages. And it all led to the Tower of Babel. You know.'

'Son,' said Lashley, 'the Tower of Babel was before Moses.'

'Okay. So we skip that part. Anyway, say that God didn't want them tromping around all that time, messing with other tribes... What does God do but zap them to Mars for a while. It would be the definitive Mars mountain story. We could retire it after this.'

'That would be killing the golden calf,' Lashley said.

'Goose,' "

Judaism Washington, D.C. 2014 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 70. "'...To these folks, especially now, that resembles the dilemma of the daughter of a fundamentalist Jewish sect deciding to marry the son of a fundamentalist Moslem sect. An open-minded attitude must be prevented at all costs. And a surprise attack would suit them...' "
Judaism West, The 1984 Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1949); pg. 210. "Nor is there any racial discrimination, or any marked domination of one province by another. Jews, Negroes, South Americans of pure Indian blood are to be found in the highest ranks of the Party... "
Judaism West, The 2002 Le Guin, Ursula K. The Lathe of Heaven. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1971); pg. 81. "'You're of a peculiarly passive outlook for a man brought up in the Judaeo-Christian-Rationalist West. A sort of natural Buddhist. Have you ever studied the Eastern mysticisms, George?' The last question, with its obvious answer, was an open sneer. "
Judaism world -2500 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 213. "'I thought the Hebrews were monotheists. How could they worship Asherah?'

'Monolatrists. They did not deny the existence of other gods. But they were only supposed to worship Yahweh. Ashereah was venerated as the consort of Yahweh.'

'I don't remember anything about God having a wife in the Bible.'

'The Bible didn't exist at that point. Judaism was just a loose collection of Yahwistic culsts, each with different shrines and practices. The stories about the Exodus hadn't been formalized into scripture yet. And the later parts of the Bible had not yet happened.' "

Judaism world -2000 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 213. "'Who decided to purge Asherah from Judaism?'

'The deuteronomic school--defined, by convention, as the people who wrote the book of Deuteronomy as well as Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.'

'And what kind of people were they?'

'Nationalists. Monarchists. Centralists. The forerunners of the Pharisees. At this time, the Assyrian king Sargon II had recently conquered Samaria--northern Israel--forcing a migration of Hebrews southward into Jerusalem. Jerusalem expanded greatly and the Hebtrews began to conquer territory to the west, east, and south. It was a time of intense nationalism and patriotic fervor. The deuteronomic school embodied those attitudes in scripture by rewriting and reorganizing the old tales.'

'Rwriting them how?'

'Moses and others believed that the River Jordan was the border of Israel, but the deuteronomists believed that Israel included Transjordan, which justified aggression to the east...' " [Etc.]

Judaism world -1500 B.C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 166. "The wandering had been as long and far more desperat than the mythical forty years of the Hebrews in the wilderness. No manna fell from heaven, only snow, sleet, ice-cold rain. "
Judaism world -720 B.C.E. Anderson, Glenn L. The Millennium File. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers (1986); pg. 27. "In approximately 720 BC., during the seventh year of the reign of Hoshea, king of Israel, the Asyrians overran Samaria. Then they swarmed into northern Israel to complete their conquest. In the process they captured ten of Israel's twelve tribes and carried them away slaves toward the north. And there, recorded history made an end of the subject. Although the scriptures foretold that they would one day return from the lands of the north, no one really had any idea where the Lost Ten Tribes had ended up. " [Many other refs. to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in this book. This is a central thematic element. Hence, there are other refs. to Judaism. Other refs. not in DB.]
Judaism world -700 B.C.E. Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 188. "'...there have been several efforts to deliver us from the hands of primitve, irratioal religion. The first was made by someone named Enki about four thousand years ago. The second was made by Hebrew scholars in the eight century B.C., driven out of their homeland by the invasion of Sargon II, but eventually it just developed into empy legalism...' "
Judaism world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 280. "'Some of those records go back more than a century,' he said. 'To the days when our family first came to Babylon.' He smiled. 'No, we were not slaves. There is a legend that we were Jewish captives, brought here after Jerusalem fell. But we were never slaves. We had established ourselves in Babel long before their arrival.' " [Some other refs., not in DB. There are many refs. to Babylonians, and other groups mentioned in the Old Testament, but mostly from those groups' perspective, not from a Jewish or Biblical perspective.]

Judaism, continued


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