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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

Persia and the Jews – West Asian history

By |2019-10-16T08:35:34-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

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