The Black Death

Ring Around The Roses

Black Death,                                                                                               outbreak of bubonic plague that struck Europe and the Mediterranean area from 1347 through 1351. It was the first of a cycle of European plague epidemics that continued until the early 18th century. The last major outbreak of plague in Europe was in Marseilles in 1722. These plagues had been preceded by a cycle of ancient plagues between the 6th and 8th centuries AD; they were followed by another cycle of modern, but less deadly, plagues that began in the late 19th century and continue in the 20th century. The term “Black Death” was not used to refer to the plagues of 1347 through 1351 until much later; contemporaries usually referred to it as the Pestilence, or the Great Mortality.

The Black Death and the other epidemics of bubonic plague had many consequences. One was a series of vicious attacks on Jews who were accused of deliberately poisoning the water or the air. The attacks began in the south of France, but were most dramatic in parts of Switzerland and Germany—areas with a long history of attacks on local Jewish communities. Massacres in Bern were typical of this pattern: After weeks of fearful tension, Jews were rounded up and burned or drowned in marshes. Sometimes there were attacks on Jews even where there was no plague. The Pope, the leader of the Catholic church, and most public officials condemned the massacres and tried to stop them. In the face of mob fury, however, they were often unsuccessful. Persecutions only ended when the deaths from the plague began to decline. There were occasional local persecutions during later plagues, but never with the violence of those that occurred from 1348 through 1351.

The Jews being the people of Yahveh keeping His Covenant. Living as he instructed.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Jews lived a Kosher life that is they abstained from some types of animals and other things that Yahveh said was unclean. Jews were not effected by the plague, Hmm wonder why?

This gave even a more reason why to persecute His children. What an excuse to cover up there nasty sinful lifestyle!

Being Kosher is not a grieves thing. Yahveh’s Torah is an instruction manual to see that we are taken care of just like we instruct our children so that they may live. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.



Plague Fact Sheet


  • Bubonic plague: enlarged, tender lymph nodes, fever, chills and prostration
  • Septicemia plague: fever, chills, prostration, abdominal pain, shock and bleeding into skin and other organs
  • Pneumonic plague: fever, chills, cough and difficulty breathing; rapid shock and death if not treated earlyTRANSMISSION
    • Flea-borne, from infected rodents to humans
    • Direct contact with infected tissues or fluids from handling sick or dead animals
    • Respiratory droplets from cats and humans with pneumonic plague

    Rat Roses

Ring Around The Roses, A pocket full of posies, Tisha! Tisha! We all fall down. May Yahveh null all when read. armen

Occasionally children join hands in a circle, and sing this song of posies. The origin of this rose-colored ditty is something far more sinister – the Bubonic Plague (a/k/a “Black Death”) that swept through Europe in the 1600s.

  • A rosy, circular rash is the first symptom of the plague. (bleeding into skin and other organs)
  • The posies are herbs and spices carried to sweeten the air. (the smell of death and rotting flesh was overwhelming. Some even thought that the posies had a magical affect to ward off the Plague.)
  • The “Tisha”  (Later versions replace with “ashes” ) (here we have two histories  both having the same ending. One is Tisha believed to be speaking of the tissue used for covering the mouth  and Ashes breaking down of the body along with bleeding into the skin would cause sever coughing up of dry blood that would look like black ashes.)
  • When children fall down on the last line of this rhyme, they are unknowingly acting out this disease. The Black Death (fall as dead)

We need to see that not all things are fun and games. Every thing we do has meaning every word spoken is a command that we may not see in the flesh but in the spirit it may live causing havoc. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

7But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

9When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.


Michael J. Jackson

Compiled from:    Encarta 2003, Center for Diseases, and various authors of history. Simple facts everyone  needs to know.


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