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The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews

Ross Shepard Kraemer


The alliance of the Roman Empire with the emerging orthodox Christian church in the early fourth century had profound consequences for the large population of Greek- (and Latin-)speaking Jews living across the Mediterranean diaspora. No known writings survive from diaspora Jews. Their experiences must be gleaned from unreliable accounts of Christian bishops and historiographers, surviving laws, and limited material evidence—synagogue sites, inscriptions, a few papyrus documents. Long neglected by historians, the diaspora population, together with its distinctive cultural forms, appears in decl ... More

Keywords: Mediterranean Jewish Diaspora, Jewish Diaspora, late antiquity, diaspora, Christian, anti-Judaism, Jewish history, Byzantine Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190222277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190222277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ross Shepard Kraemer, author
Professor Emerita of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies, Brown University