Throughout the early history of Christianity there was an effort by church leaders to separate their religion from Judaism. The two were very closely associated and early Christians eager for new converts preached increasingly anti-Jewish rhetoric, which is found not only in their teachings, but also throughout the Gospel of Luke and Acts. Luke initially presents Jews in a favorable light during the early life of Christ where Jesus’s lineage is linked to the house of David, the greatest and most prestigious lineage in ancient Judaism. However, there is a turn within the text, looking to distinguish Christianity from Judaism, Luke states that “Jews rejected Jesus and opposed his followers" . The death of Jesus is blamed on them as well, the scene of his execution shifts blame from the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and places the blame on the surrounding Jewish townspeople. Pilate is depicted in these passages as resolving force in this tense environment. He addresses the outraged group not once, but three times, the third time stating, "I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him" , however the crowd still demands his death. Only to appease the angry mob does Pilate deliver the death sentence. The whole cause for Jesus’s death stems from the Jewish rejection of his promise and teachings. Although initially this proclamation was simply an effort to recruit new converts for a religion that was struggling to remain legitimate, as the promise of Christ’s second coming was seeming to be a falsehood. These scriptural passages gave a mighty tool to future leaders who wished to demonize and belittle an already marginalized community.
For the remainder of the early middle ages, Jews remained an easy target for the predominantly Christian ruling class that was present in Europe. A widely dispersed population of Jews meant that they had very little voice and could easily be labeled as outsiders because their different customs and underlying superiority complex of Christians, who believed that this minority were responsible for the death of their highest figure. The first instance of major massacre against the Jews was propagated in the Rhineland in 1096 and demonstrated that Christian anti-Judaism had, for the first time, gained merciless mass support. During the following centuries Jews were targeted as the perpetrators of the Black Plague and as undesirables within the Iberian peninsula, where Ferdinand and Isabella under the Pope’s blessing enacted the Reconquista expelling all Jews and Muslims from the area. Although the Renaissance and Enlightenment allowed for Jews to become a part of mainstream society, few were widely accepted and many aspects of science, especially the theory of races, gave way to even more barriers against the Jewish people. By the 19th century many intellectuals held the belief that social Darwinism was at play, basically that there were inherent genetic traits that predetermined people’s prospects at a successful life.
This formed the backdrop for Hitler’s ideological beliefs and resolve to ethnically cleanse Germany. Hitler believed that the Jew was an ethnicity a more deformed and imperfect form of what he labeled the superior and more evolved Aryan race. Thus, antisemitism was no longer a religiously based prosecution, but a racially based one, supported by the outlandish belief that Jews were an internationally organized group who held all of the world's economy in their hands. One might suggest that this conspiracy was a strictly Nazi in origin, but here in the United States one of our most powerful public figures, Henry Ford, was using his own newspaper to spread these ridiculous beliefs. He believed, as Hitler did, that the financial markets were closely watched and manipulated by a network of Jews and that they were a power that were very dangerous to the general population. All of the animosity still was rooted in the denunciations found in Luke, Acts, and Matthew, believing that the inherently less evolved Jewish people were connected to the murder of Jesus helped fuel the fires of antisemitism in the 20th century.
Tyson, Joseph B. Luke, Judaism, and Anti-Judaism.  Luke 23:22 Ibid. 23:25 Langmuir, Gavin I. Toward a Definition of Antisemitism. 301. Ibid. Greenspoon, Leonard J., and Bryan F. LeBeau. Sacred Text, Secular Times: The Hebrew Bible in the Modern World. 36.  Diner, Hasia. Ford's Anti-Semitism. Ibid.
Modern Instances of Anti-Judaism: As a result of the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust, anti-Jewish attacks subsided due to a more vigilant global population. Throughout the 2000s, anti-Semitic attacks had been on a decline, but 2014 was the first year where there was a rise in violence. According to the Anti-Defamation League, “the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased by 21 percent in 2014” . This disturbing data was highlighted by a shooting of a grandfather and his grandson outside of a Jewish Community Center in Kansas before the beginning of Passover. The shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross, “has called Jews “swarthy, hairy, bow-legged, beady-eyed, parasitic midgets”” .
Further on in their report, the ADL advised Jewish individuals and institutions saying that certain areas in the U.S. become targets of antisemitism during the Gaza war. For example, “There were 139 anti-Semitic incidents recorded in July, a substantial increase incidents in July 2013” . In recent years, violence against Jewish people increases when there is a violent conflict in the Gaza strip. In July 2015, a Florida doctor yelled at his Jewish patient, “the Jews killed Jesus and that the current events in Israel were the result of the Jews killing Jesus” . This claim from the doctor is a result of misinterpretation of scripture. As a result of misinterpretation, innocent people are being hurt for no reason at all.
 ADL. "Audit: In 2014 Anti-Semitic Incidents Rose 21 Percent Across The U.S. In A “Particularly Violent Year for Jews”." Adl.org. March 30, 2015. Accessed April 06, 2016.
 Ahmed, Saeed, Ashley Fantz, and Catherine E. Shoichet. "Jewish Center Shooter 'knocked Family to Its Knees,' Relative Says." Cnn.com. April 15, 2014. Accessed April 07, 2016.