The Dispersion (διασπορά) of the Jews began with the Assyrian and Babylonian deportations (c.721 and c.597 bc). It eventually spread throughout the Roman Empire, and by NT times there were at least a million Jews in Alexandria. The Jews of the Diaspora kept in touch with their home country, paying the Temple taxes and keeping their religion. The Jewish synagogues in Asia and Asia Minor were the first scenes of Christian preaching.
Subjects: Economic History — Christianity.