The Study of Hebrew Diaspora

1669 WordsJan 31, 20187 Pages
As a classic example of diaspora, the Hebrew Diaspora is studied and questioned by many. Both the causes of and the consequences of the Hebrew Diaspora are two aspects of the event that, for most, have yet to be sufficiently answered. Having occurred many centuries ago in the past, the causes and consequences of the diaspora may seem to be of no importance, yet at second glance, one realizes that addressing these topics may be the key to accurately determining the modern effects of diaspora in general. However, before these two areas of concern can be addressed, we must first define the term “diaspora” as well as identify a working definition of a Jew. In Greek, “diaspora” means scattering or dispersion. (Jewishvirtuallibrary, pg1) Despite the fact that one can become a Jew through conversion to Judaism, for the sake of this essay, we shall identify a Jew as a descendent of the ancient Hebrews. Therefore, by combining these two definitions, we can define the Hebrew Diaspora as the dispersion of the Jewish peoples from their homeland. Now that we have defined the Hebrew diaspora, we can efficiently pinpoint its causes and consequences, both direct and underlying, and hopefully identify the modern consequences of diaspora through analysis of this classic example. About four millenniums ago, Jewish history began with its patriarchs: Abraham, son Isaac, and grandson Jacob. As described in the Book of Genesis, Abraham was summoned to Canaan to become the founder of a
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