The World Of The Babylonian Captivity

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During the time of the Babylonian captivity, throughout the inter-testamental period, until the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, Israel endured abject and inhumane persecution at the hands of fellow citizens, government officials, and other nations. Although at times, they were miraculously delivered, this was not always the case, as demonstrated in the Maccabean revolt. The events that led to the Maccabean revolt are among the foremost of such degradation and persecution and shall be given particular attention in this discourse. Israel’s was a united kingdom under the monarchal reigns of Saul, David and Solomon who ruled for forty years each. Solomon’s reign was considered the golden years for Israel and it was during this time that the first temple was built for Yahweh. With detailed plans from his father David, which were received from God through the prophet Nathan, the temple was constructed and no “hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard” in it as it was being built (1 Kings 6:7). It was modeled after the tabernacle instituted by Moses in the wilderness and took seven years to complete. The beauty of this temple can be imagined by the following passage in the Old Testament: So Solomon overlaid the inside of the temple with pure gold. He stretched gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. The whole temple he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the temple; also he overlaid with gold the entire altar that was

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