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24 08, 2017

Where did Purim come from? Jewish holidays

By |2019-03-22T11:03:51-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

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) How did Purim get started? At first, maybe as early as the Stone Age, Purim was a Jewish winter festival that was probably related to the Babylonian [...]

24 08, 2017

Maccabees – Jewish history

By |2017-10-09T17:20:27-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, West Asia|0 Comments

Alexander the Great Under the Persians the Jews did very well. They were able to worship their own God, and even to travel around the Persian Empire converting people to Judaism. But in 331 BC Alexander the Great, who was from Macedon, conquered the Persian Empire and "liberated" (as he called it) the Jews from Persian rule. [...]