John Adams and the Jews

“I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations ...

They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern.”

- John Adams, Second President of the United States
(From a letter to F. A. Van der Kemp [Feb. 16, 1808] Pennsylvania Historical Society)

Check out “The Mystery of the Jews”, a short movie featuring this quote and others.

see also Mark Twain and the Jews and the Jewish impact on the world

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Comments icon November 19, 2009


By Starleigh on October 27, 2011 -- 3:49pm

Too many compliments too little space, tnakhs!

By Joe Rizoli on June 17, 2012 -- 9:14pm

Notice he uses the word HEBREWS.
I would conclude that this word is used for the Hebrews who were in a covenant with God that were righteous in Gods eyes.Yes in that case the world has learned a lot. Even our own Constitution was based on some of those Hebrew Laws. These Hebrews later when they became became against Gods plans, and in violation of their own righteous Laws. This eventually led to the prophised birth of Christ and Christianity which eventually took over three quarters of the Globe. If John Adams was a Christian, and he was, that would be my explanation why he used the word Hebrew because if you take the New Testament and especially the book of Acts of the Apostles the Jews killed others, including righteous Hebrews who prophicised about God and then wanted to kill the “just one” who was Jesus Christ, which they did.

Act 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Act 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

That to me is why John Adams used the word Hebrews. He certainly could not have used the word Jew.

By Stephanie Ackland on January 6, 2014 -- 10:35pm

Can you send this to the “man” in the Whitehouse.

By Mordechai Maccabee-Zealot on June 27, 2014 -- 11:40am

He is very ignorant in the history of religion!  His assumption, that Jewdaism, Christianity and Islam is, practically, the same and has the same message and purpose, is totally wrong!  Jewdaism is the real G-d message to the mankind to bring Freedom from slavery forever.  Christianity and it heresy Islam, isn’t even a G-d’s message! They are a policy and a strategy how to keep the status quo of a TYRANY and slavery FOREVER and how to destroy G-d’s message Jewdaism and his Chosen for distribution of this message Torah and the the Jews!  This is why the UNITED NATION has just one preoccupation: to dehumanize and to destroy Jewdaism, Jews and their only state Israel and for this only purpose they established The Quartet.

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