The Middle Ages
Ethiopia reached the outside world. Even more isolated than the Christians were the remnant ofIsrael who, against tremendous odds, were to retain their identity though completely cut off from their co-religionists abroad. The nearest parallel to this remarkable achievement is provided by the Jewish colony in China which grew up at Kaifeng-Fu, an important city on the great silk route in the province of Honan, at one time the imperial capital. The colony existed for something like 1,800 years until it finally expired early in the present century, a victim of gradual assimilation and neglect by world Jewry.