Entered by Leong Yew
The Oxford English Dictionary
The 1989 edition (second edition) of the OED
traces the etymology of the word, "Diaspora," back to
its greek root and to its appearance in the Old Testament (Deut.
28:25). As such it references God's intentions for the people of
Israel to be "dispersed" across the world. The OED entry
in this case starts with Judaic history, mentioning only two types
of dispersals: the "Jews living dispersed among the Gentiles
after the Captivity" and the Jewish Christians residing outside
However, in the 1993 edition of the Shorter Oxford definition of
diaspora can be found. While still insisting on capitalization of
the first letter, "Diaspora" now also refers to "any
body of people living outside their traditional homeland."