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Living in the Babylonian Exile

An historical look into Israel's captivity

Living in the Babylonian Exile

An historical look into Israel's captivity

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Beginning in 597 BC, eleven years before the destruction of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar enacted the first wave of deportations of citizens of Jerusalem to his Babylonian Empire. This first exile was a show of his power and an attempt to squash any spirit of rebellion or independence in Judah and Jerusalem.
Making Mudbricks

How did ancient man build structures?

Making Mudbricks

How did ancient man build structures?

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Mankind has always looked to the world around him to survive. Building materials are no different. Caves, rocks, trees and mud have all been used as natural and convenient resources to build shelter for basic living (homes), protection (walls/gates/towers), and awe-inspiring feats of architecture (temples/statues/palaces/public buildings). The most accessible building
An Israelite House

The religious architecture of an ancient Israelite house.

An Israelite House

The religious architecture of an ancient Israelite house.

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In the field of Biblical archaeology there is an interesting peculiarity that helps define the cities and lands where Israelites lived: a type of house. From the 12th to the 6th centuries BC, called the Iron Age, there was a common floorplan used in most homes throughout the land. Biblically
Nebuchadnezzar II

Brief bio on the most famous king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire

Nebuchadnezzar II

Brief bio on the most famous king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire

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The Bible’s portrayal of the Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is an interesting one. From the perspective of the people living in Judah and Jerusalem, he was a fearsome and war-savvy enemy to whom the prophets of God said they must bow, one way or the other. To the first wave of
Siege Warfare

Offensive and defensive strategies in the ancient Near East.

Siege Warfare

Offensive and defensive strategies in the ancient Near East.

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From very early times, people have found it necessary to build walls around their living spaces. For cities, these protective fortifications could be quite elaborate, including double walls systems with steep space between that provided a defensive advantage, moats, towers, complex gate structures, and thick wooden, metal covered doors. But