Concept

Sect of Skhariya the Jew

Summary
The Sect of Skhariya the Jew, much more commonly known in the church terminology as the Heresy of the Judaizers (Жидовствующие Zhidovstvuyushchiye), was a religious concept that existed in Veliky Novgorod and Grand Duchy of Moscow in the second half of the 15th century and marked the beginning of a new era of schism in Russia. Some scholars consider it to have developed from the earlier Strigolniki religious concept that also had developed in Novgorod in the 14th century. Initially popular among high-ranking statesmen and even the royal court, the concept was persecuted by hegumen Joseph Volotsky and archbishop Gennady of Novgorod. Terminology and beliefs The term Zhidovstvuyushchiye (Жидовствующие), as it is known in the sources, is derived from the Russian word жид (zhid, from Judea, an older Russian term for Jew which is now considered pejorative). Zhidovstvuyuschiye may be loosely translated as "those who follow Jewish traditions" or "those who think like Jews". Hegume
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