Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Babylonian Exile wasn't so bad?

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile? Were the Judahites really weeping by the rivers of Babylon?
The evidence reveals a diversity of experiences for the Judahite exiles, and the picture of the Judahite experience in the Babylonian Exile that emerges is perhaps not as morose as previously believed.
I imagine it still wasn't great for a lot of the exiles.

There is more in the full article “How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?” by Laurie E. Pearce in the September/October 2016 issue of BAR. It is behind the subscription wall. For lots more on the (unprovenanced) Babylonian-Jewish cuneiform archive of Al-Yahudu, start here and follow the links.

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