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In Acts, it talks about a division in Judaism that I had not heard of before:

Acts 6:1 (NIV)
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

Who were these Hellenistic Jews and Hebraic Jews? What was the difference between the two groups?

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Anyone interested in this question should know about Craig Hill, Hellenists and Hebrews: Reappraising Division Within the Earliest Church (Fortress Press, 1991); see also Larry Hurtado's blog post about this topic (with specific reference to Hill's contribution). – Davïd Mar 28 at 12:59

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As you know, Jesus died on Pessach. This is one of the three feasts Jews are commanded to go to Jerusalem. So Jews from all over the world were present at the time of Jesus' dead and resurrection, and many of them gave their lives over to Christ. So Hebraic Jews would be inhabitants of Israel, while Greek Jews would be the rest from all over.

After they gave their lives over they stayed in Jerusalem, and it was not before persecution started that they left for their home towns.

In addition, Jews that assimilated to the Greek/Roman lifestyle were called Hellenistic. This was a movement from about 400 BC to 100 AC. Prominent members were the Sadducees.

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Hebraic Jews followed the original Hebrew Septuagint. Hellenistic Jews was a form of Judaism in the ancient world that combined Jewish religious tradition with elements of Greek culture.

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This may be relevant, but it leaves a lot to be desired as an answer. How do you know this? What were key characteristic differences? What would one study for more information? – Caleb Sep 27 at 5:18
P.s. Thanks for the interest, but there is no such thing as a "Hebrew Septuagint", "original" or otherwise. – Davïd Sep 27 at 13:36

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