Biblical Archaeology Review 37:1, January/February 2011

Why Paul Went West

The differences between the Jewish diasporas

By Doron Mendels

The Jewish diaspora in Roman times and Late Antiquity was not just a scattering of people from the Land of Israel. Geographical, cultural, religious and language differences resulted in two distinct diasporas—western and eastern—which helps explain why Paul went west from Jerusalem.
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