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The Babylonian Captivity

Posted in Bible, Religion on Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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When the Babylonians conquered the Kingdom of Judah they deported the Jews to Babylon.

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“By the rivers of Babylon” – the Babylonian Captivity, by William Hole

After crushing King Jeconiah they rounded up the upper class, the wise men and the rich, and these people were driven from their homeland to begin new lives of captivity in exile. A second wave followed the deposition of his successor, Zedekiah. All of them were expected to contribute to Babylonian society, but almost fifty years later, when the Persians swept across the region and brought about the Fall of Babylon, many Jewish families  chose to remain, despite the historic decree of Cyrus the Great that they were free to return to Judah and rebuild the Temple.

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