They say--do these hoary traditions--that when Titus sacked Jerusalem and slaughtered eleven hundred thousand Jews in her streets and by-ways, the Wandering Jew was seen always in the thickest of the fight, and that when battle-axes gleamed in the air, he bowed his head beneath them; when swords flashed their deadly lightnings, he sprang in their way; he bared his breast to whizzing javelins, to hissing arrows, to any and to every weapon that promised death and forgetfulness, and rest.
When the guide pointed out where the Wandering Jew had left his familiar mark upon a wall, I was filled with astonishment.
All I have revealed about the Wandering Jew can be amply proven by reference to our guide.
On one wall the subjects were described as "Illustrations of the Passions;" on the other, as "Episodes in the Life of the Wandering Jew.
Feeling no great desire, after these specimens, to look at any more of the illustrated Passions, I turned to the opposite wall to be instructed in the career of the Wandering Jew.
A wanderer am I, who have walked long at thy heels; always on the way, but without a goal, also without a home: so that verily, I lack little of being the eternally Wandering Jew
, except that I am not eternal and not a Jew.
Up under the wooden ceiling there were little half-windows with white curtains, and pots of geraniums and wandering Jew
in the deep sills.
He never even seemed to come to his work on purpose, but would slouch in as if by mere accident; and when he went to the Jolly Bargemen to eat his dinner, or went away at night, he would slouch out, like Cain or the Wandering Jew
, as if he had no idea where he was going and no intention of ever coming back.
Known in history as the Wandering Jew
, Just how old he was no one really knew.
THE LEGEND OF THE WANDERING JEW
tells of a man who insulted Jesus during the Passion, refusing him rest, and mockingly urging him to hurry to his death.
No doubt the Wandering Jew
, Nightly he steals my pocketbook.
The stereotype of the Wandering Jew
includes not only a perpetually itinerant and infinite existence but also the universal knowledge of all things past and present, the idea that the world's suffering is personified in one man.