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Jewish merchants may have come to China as early as the 8th or 9th century, but they apparently neither remained nor established a community. The first concrete evidence of several Jewish communities comes from the inscribed stelae, dated 1489, 1512, 1663, and 1679, erected at the synagogue in Kaifeng, Henan province. According to these, Jews apparently arrived in China's capital, Kaifeng, sometime around 1120, before the outbreak of hostilities between the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) and i…

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Eber, Irene, “Jews”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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