This revised and up-to-date twenty fifth version of the Bible guide contains a concise Bible remark, very important discoveries in archaeology, similar ancient facts, church background, maps, and extra.

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36 ZEDEKIAH, KING OF JUDAH (597–586 B. C. ) (Told additionally in 2 Kings 24–25). Zedekiah was once put on the throne through King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and reigned for eleven years. He was once a vulnerable king. In his fourth yr he visited Babylon, yet later rebelled opposed to it. Then Nebuchadnezzar got here, destroyed Jerusalem, took Zedekiah, placed out his eyes, and carried him in chains to Babylon, the place he died in legal (Jeremiah 52:11). the folk of Judah have been taken to Babylonia, in what's often called the Babylonian captivity or the Babylonian exile. This used to be the obvious finish of David’s country. (See additional lower than 2 Kings 25. ) After the dominion of Judah got here to an finish, Gedaliah used to be made governor of the sector (2 Kings 25:22; see on Jeremiah 40). a number of the those that have been left in the back of whilst such a lot of Judah used to be deported to Babylon fled to Egypt, besides the prophet Jeremiah (2 Kings 25:26; see on Jeremiah 42). not like the northern nation, which was once deported to Assyria and disappeared from the scene, Judah survived its Babylonian captivity. The proclamation of Cyrus nearly 50 years later might start up the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple (v. 22; see on Ezra 1). * * * THE BABYLONIAN EXILE AND THE go back FROM EXILE Ezra–Esther Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther The 3 books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, which hide approximately a hundred years (538–432 B. C. ), shape the final component of outdated testomony background. They inform the tale of the Jews’ go back from Babylon, of the rebuilding of the temple and Jerusalem, and of the reestablishment of the Jews’ nationwide existence of their fatherland. The final 3 of the outdated testomony prophets—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—lived and labored in this related interval of go back and recovery. The Exile (586–538 B. C. ) With the autumn of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 B. C. , the folks of God entered a brand new section in their heritage. The interval from 586 to 538 B. C. is termed the “Exilic period,” or the “Babylonian exile,” or the “Babylonian captivity. ” through “exile” it's intended that an enormous variety of Israelites and Judeans now have been residing open air of the Promised Land—in “foreign international locations. ” The deportations of Israelites had truly all started throughout the time of the Assyrian assaults on, and eventual conquest of, Israel in 733 and 722 B. C. (See Deportation of Israel through Assyria in 2 Kings and the bankruptcy on Ezekiel. ) After the conflict of Carchemish (on the west financial institution of the Euphrates, at the smooth border among Syria and Turkey) in 609 B. C. , the Babylonians changed the Assyrians because the international strength. God used them as His device of judgment as they deported Judeans in 605, 597, 586, and 582 B. C. additionally, it truly is possible reliable variety of Israelites and Judeans emigrated in their personal accord to Syria, Egypt, or perhaps Asia Minor (Turkey) for you to steer clear of the onslaught of the Assyrians and Babylonians—thus starting their “exile” from the land of promise. those deportees should have been asking themselves a couple of questions. on condition that God promised the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham forever—how is it that the land is now managed by means of pagans, whereas we, God’s humans, were deported from it?

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