Mar. 9, 337

“Order” of Constantine Augustus to Praetorian Prefect Felix [Roman Empire; Some overall present-day countries include Italy, Spain, England, France, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt]: “[…] It is Our will that if any Jew should purchase a Christian slave or a slave of any other sect […] and should not greatly fear to circumcise such slave, the person thus circumcised shall be rendered master of his freedom by the measures of this statute and shall obtain possession of the privileges thereof. It shall not be permissible for a Jew who has circumcised a slave of the aforesaid class to retain such slave in the service of slavery. For by this same sanction We command that if any Jew should unlock for himself the door of eternal life, should deliver himself to our holy worship, and should choose to be Christian, he shall not suffer any disquietude or molestation from the Jews. If any Jew should suppose that he should assail with outrage ay person who has been converted from Judaism to Christianity, it is Our will that as the contriver of such contumely he shall be subjected to avenging punishments in proportion to the nature of the crime which he has committed […] It is Our will that Your Excellent Sublimity by your letter dispatched throughout the diocese that is entrusted to you shall admonish the judges most earnestly to enforce such due reverence.”
Pharr, Clyde: The Theodosian Code and Novels, and the Sirmondian Constitutes – A Translation with Commentary, Glossary, and Bibliography. (New Jersey; 2001); Researched by Ziba Shadjaani 2/5/2018