Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Religious Studies


Michael A. Daise

Committee Members

John Donahue

Julie Galambush


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.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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