You Didn't Know There Was Another Ahasueros?

Starting in the 16th century, this Ahasueros has personified the legendary figure of the “Wandering Jew,” symbol of the accursed Jewish people. How come?

The Wandering Jew on Judgment Day. From a woodcut by Gustave Doré.

The Wandering Jew on Judgment Day. From a woodcut by Gustave Doré.

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March 8 2017
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