The Jewish Diaspora in the Time of Yeshua


The Jewish communities were mainly concentrated in the Eastern, Greek-speaking half of the Roman Empire.The majority of the Jewish diaspora was still confined to the Greek world; the largest and most affluent community was in Egypt. There the Jewish communities were centered around the synagogue, with full internal automomy, their own archons and elders communicating with each other and with Yerushalayim. This is the reason why Paulos first outreach to Jewish communities with good news of Yeshua. The Jewish Diaspora was linked to Yerushalayim by stong religious bonds; as long as the Temple stood, thousands of pilgrims came every year to perform the Aliyah " going up to the mountain of Adonay" on one of the three main festival - Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot