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Joshua and Jericho – Bible stories

By |2017-08-24T09:17:53+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Stone walls from ancient Jericho Here's another Bible story, telling what happened after Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. In this story, the Jews finally arrived back in Israel and Canaan, around 1200 BC. But they found that there were people living all over it! These people were the Canaanites (KAY-nan-eye-ts). So the Canaanites said, [...]

Babylonian captivity – Jewish history

By |2017-08-23T17:42:04+00:00August 23rd, 2017|History, West Asia|

Seal of King Hezekiah, from Judah, about 700 BC 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. This meant that the Jews could be more independent of the Assyrians. But their neighbors were also more independent. So this also meant that the [...]

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T16:38:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. The Bible says this is because God told them to. Also, this was a bad time in Mesopotamia, [...]