Date Thesis Awarded
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Michael A. Daise
Edrei and Mendels published an article in 2007 claiming that when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., it caused a rift that completely separated the Western Diaspora from Israel and the East. This study tests Edrei's and Mendels' theory by reviewing the archaeological record at two sites: Hamath Tiberias in Israel and Sardis in Asia Minor. By reviewing the orientation, iconography and epigraphy, we find that enough continuity exists between the two sites to cast doubt on Edrei's and Mendels' theory of a split diaspora.
Bickings, Brent Frederick, "Was the Western Diaspora Cut Off from Israel? A Case Study of Sardis and Hamath Tiberias" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 437.
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