Babylonian Captivity

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Neo-Babylonians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-04-15T10:05:41-07:00September 13th, 2017|History, West Asia|

The Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon, built during the Neo-Babylonian period (600s BC). Now in Berlin. As the Assyrians got weaker, pieces of their empire began to break off. People saw their chance to become independent and grabbed it. Egypt became independent again. So did Israel for a while. But then in the 600s BC a new empire started up. It [...]

Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

By |2019-04-05T06:56:58-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Handmade Matzoh The beginnings of Passover In its earliest beginnings, which could go back to the Stone Age, Passover was a Jewish spring festival. Like other spring festivals, it celebrated the first barley harvest after the winter. History of barley West Asian religion All our West Asia articles Why did people eat matzoh? All winter [...]

Daniel in the lion’s den – Bible stories

By |2019-05-01T05:57:37-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Daniel in the lion's den, from the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, 359 AD in Rome Who was Daniel? In the Bible story, Daniel was one of the Jews who was in captivity in Babylon during the reign of the Neo-Babylonian kings, in the 600s BC. Babylonian Captivity Neo-Babylonians History of the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]

Babylonian captivity – Jewish history

By |2019-02-07T19:16:42-07:00August 23rd, 2017|History, West Asia|

Seal of King Hezekiah, from Judah, about 700 BC Israel and Judah fight wars Unfortunately for the Jews, the Assyrians did not hold West Asia for very much longer. During the 700s BC, the Assyrians began to lose power. Who were the Assyrians? What were Israel and Judah? All our West Asia articles This meant that the Jews could [...]

What does it mean to be Pope? History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T23:11:02-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Peter and Paul, in a mosaic from Ravenna (500s AD) In the later Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, the Pope was the leader of the Catholic Church. Whenever there was a question about whether God would like something or not, people could ask the Pope, and he would tell them what God wanted. According to [...]