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    Afrikan Spir

    Jew Score:
    7

    I2

    O1

    K4
    November 15, 1837 – March 26, 1890

    We've profiled a lot of interesting names over the years. Hannukkah Wallace, bobsledder. Napoleon Einstein, cricketer. Ed Jew, politician/crook (Not a Jew).

    Let's add Afrikan Spir to the mix. Yes, he is the man pictured on the left, and he is rather unlikely to be African. Spir was a 19th-century Russian philosopher, whose works influenced both Tolstoy and Nietzsche. So why the interesting name? (Spir himself was not a fan, and signed his works simply "A. Spir".)

    Apparently, "Afrikan" came from an Orthodox saint, African of Petra, who was martyred in the 3rd century. "Spir", which probably should be "Shpir", came from "Shapiro".

    This makes Afrikan Spir more Jewish than Hannukkah Wallace, Napoleon Einstein, or Ed Jew...

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    May 20, 2020

    See Also

    Napoleon Einstein

    Ed Jew

    Baruch Spinoza

    Leo Tolstoy

    Hannukkah Wallace
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