(Note: This question has been closed here for being off-topic, so anyone who's interested in this please see https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/69620/what-religions-were-persecuted-and-disappeared-between-1000-bce-1-ce)

R Gottlieb wrote in his book called "Reason to believe" on page 66 that many other cultures (besides Judaism) were persecuted between 1000 BCE - 1 CE, and none survived. (Background: R Gottlieb is trying to show that the survival of the Jews can't be explained by persecution). As far as I'm aware, he does not provide any examples. Does anyone here know of examples (with sources)?

One of the reasons why I'm asking, is because there are different types of "persecution", for example;

  1. Long term, limited in harm (eg taxes, ghettos, attacked physically, expelled from geographical location etc)(this is usually a PERSONAL attack on the victim/religion of victim)
  2. Short term, potentially fatal (get killed or convert to religion X)(this is usually NOT personal, but rather an attempt to spread the "truth").

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    Hello. While your question was prompted by a Jewish book, you're seeking information that has nothing to do with Judaism. I suggest a website devoted to world history
    – robev
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 12:26
  • I’m no expert, but the Kingdom of Tyre (the Tyrians) was clearly quite righteous at one time (remember Hiram), and, if Wikipedia is to be believed, may have been persecuted by Assyria for a while. Yet the kingdom was annihilated by the Bayblonians and Persians, as prophesied in Yehezkel 26-28. Hope that gets the ball rolling.
    – Tom W
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 13:11
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    @robev Got it. Thanks for your suggestion. (I'm new here, so it will probably take me some time to really absorb and understand what questions are appropriate for here)
    – Tzvi K
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 13:52
  • @TomW Thank you. I will look into this.
    – Tzvi K
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 13:54
  • @Tzvi K - my pleasure. Shavua tov to you :)
    – Tom W
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 13:57


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