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Etymologically, “diaspora” is from Gk. diaspeirō (scatter); semantically, its usage derives from Jewish tradition.

1.1. In the LXX the term describes the fate of Jews outside Palestine. As traders, hired workers, captives, slaves, and colonists, they were “scattered” over three continents (Isa. 11:11). Although diaspora and exile are not synonymous, yet for the prophets they are closely related. Divine judgment has scattered the disobedient; divine mercy will gather the dispersed (e.g., Ezek. 22:15; 37:21). In Isa. 4…

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Riess, Hermann, “Diaspora”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D292>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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