In the Book of Judges, there is a story of a Levite priest who takes his concubine on a journey from his in-laws house to his house on Mt. Ephraim. He stops in Gabaa to rest for the night. Men from the tribe of Benjamin took his concubine and raped her viciously. She died, and the Levite cut up her body into pieces and sent a piece to each Tribe of Israel. The tribes assembled together, that they might punish the tribe of Benjamin for this great evil. The Israelites battle against Benjamin, but were defeated.
The next day, they battled against the Benjaminites again. They lured them out of the city, and then tricked them into thinking their city was taken by lighting a large fire in Gaaba. The trick worked, and it ended with a great slaughter of the Benjaminites. Israel almost completely destroyed the tribe of Benjamin, leaving only 600 men.
In the city of Alexandria, a feud arose between the Christians, lead by St. Cyril of Alexandria, and the governor, Orestes. There were public displays of dancing that were prone to public disorder. Orestes published new rules for such gatherings that angered both the Jews and Christians. A devout Christian, named Hierax, was perceived by Orestes to arouse the crowd against him. Orestes was jealous at the growing power of the Christian Bishops in Alexandria. Orestes had Hierax seized and publicly tortured.
St. Cyril was very angry at the harsh punishment for Hierax and threatened to retaliate against the Jews with the utmost severity, if the harassment of Christians didn’t stop, immediately. In response, the Jews became more furious, and resorted to violence against the Christians. The Jews, at night, tricked the Christians by saying their Church was on fire. When they came out of their homes, they massacred the Christians in the streets.
The next day, St. Cyril rounded up all the Jews in Alexandria, stripped them of all their possessions and banished them from the city. Orestes was very upset at St. Cyril, and a feud followed between them. A group of 500 monks descended on the city and attacked Orestes.
Finally, at the end of the affair, there was a female pagan philosopher named Hypatia. She was very close to Orestes, and was known to give him council. A Christian mob abducted her and murdered her, ripping her body into pieces.