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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 [...]