Murder on Purim? That’s the charge of Socrates Scholasticus, whose lone account of an alleged Purim celebration that got out of hand in the year 415 has become part of the historical record, for good or ill. Although the validity of the accusation is highly questionable, the incident at Inmestar had a larger impact centuries later as the myth of ritual murder gained popularity in medieval Europe.
About Henry Abramson
Henry Abramson, PhD is Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Touro College South, Miami and is the author of several works in Jewish history and thought. @hmabramson