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Map of Jerusalem during the period of Babylonian exile (586.B.C.)


Babylon sacks Jerusalem and destroys the Temple

Encompassing a time period from approximately 607 B.C. to 538 B.C., the Babylonian captivity represented a divine judgment from God upon the inhabitants of Judah for their transgressions of idol worship and open rebellion against Him and His Will. God used the Babylonian empire, spearheaded by King Nebuchadnezzar II, as an instrument of His divine wrath. During the Babylonian invasion, the city of Jerusalem was sacked, and the First Temple, built by King Solomon, was destroyed. After nearly 70 years in captivity, the Jews were allowed by King Cyrus of Persia to return to their homeland, and begin rebuilding the temple. The Babylonian captivity and exile, as well as the return of the Jews to Israel represents a significant and paramount fulfilment of the biblical prophecies found in the books of Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel. The story of Jerusalem's destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar is portrayed in 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings.

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