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Neo-Babylonians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-04-15T10:05:41+00:00September 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 [...]

Judah and Israel – Bible stories

By |2017-08-24T09:59:50+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

Assyrian prisoners of war from the siege of Lachish. Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh, 704-681 BC. (now in the British Museum) Under Solomon, Israel was a strong united kingdom. But when Solomon died, two of his sons divided the kingdom of Israel between them. At least that's what the Bible says. Certainly Israel really split [...]

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 [...]