Jun. 17, 397

“On Jewish Converts Seeking Asylum in Christian Churches” Issued by Emperors Arcadius and Honorius [Holy Roman Empire; Present-day Italy]: “Those Jews, who, harassed for debt or some other crime, pretend they wish to be joined to the Christian law, so they can avoid their crimes or payment of debts by taking refuge in the churches, should be prohibited entry into the church; nor should they be accepted as Christians before they have paid their debts in full or have been cleared of accusations against them by proving their innocence.” [Editor’s Note: Author’s footnote dates this law in 397 as Theodosian Code 9.45.2 or 8.45.2]
“The Persecution of the Jews in the Roman Empire (300-428).” James Everett Seaver. 1952, Page 66; Accessed online 8/2/2011 ADD RESEARCHER/DATE