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Second Jewish revolt – Jewish history

By |2017-08-25T10:13:15+00:00August 25th, 2017|History, West Asia|

The Roman emperor Hadrian, 117-138 AD (now in the British Museum) During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the Jews once again tried to get free of Roman rule. But like the First Jewish Revolt, this revolt failed as well. In addition, Hadrian hated the Jews. Hadrian was really into anything Greek, including Greek religion. [...]

Where did Purim come from? Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-24T23:19:06+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Mordecai is leading Esther (on the horse) to talk to the Persian king. A fresco from the world's oldest preserved synagogue at Dura-Europos in Syria (244 AD) At first, maybe as early as the Stone Age, Purim was a Jewish winter festival that was probably related to the Babylonian New Year celebration and the Zoroastrian [...]

Persia and the Jews – West Asian history

By |2018-04-24T23:20:00+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

The remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem In 536 BC, Cyrus the Great, the king of the Persians, conquered the Babylonian Empire. Cyrus believed that religious freedom was important to keeping his empire together. And he wanted each area (satrapy) of his empire to rule itself. So he let the Jews go home from Babylon [...]

Arabian Nights – Medieval Islamic Literature

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00+00:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Princess (ca. 1540 AD) People in India and Persia have been telling these stories for a long time - nobody knows how long. Around 850 AD, a Persian writer in the Abbasid Empire collected a bunch of stories into a book called "Alf Layla wa Layla", or the Thousand and One Nights - which we also call the Arabian Nights. [...]