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Religion - Daniel & The Babylonian Exile

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This bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on Religion - Daniel & The Babylonian Exile. The total number of slides in the presentations is 45. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

The biblical account of Daniel, the prophet begins as he and many other young men from Judah were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Daniel 1:1-4) in approximately 604 BC and sent into exile. This Babylonian Exile lasted for 70 years, as God had foretold through the prophet Jeremiah earlier (Jeremiah 25:11).

Arriving as a teen, Daniel, not only survived but, rose to serve in prominent positions in the governments of several Babylonian and Medo-Persian rulers, including Nebuchadnezzar II, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus the Great. Because Daniel possessed wisdom bestowed by God and was conscientious in his work, he not only prospered during the reigns of successive rulers, but King Darius planned to put him in charge of the entire kingdom.

The book of Daniel in the Bible contains 2 of the best-loved stories in the Bible: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lions' den. It's also a gold mine of prophecy, ancient history, and lessons about trusting God. The angel Gabriel, who visited Daniel to give him insight and understanding, was the same angel who later appeared to the virgin Mary telling her she would bear the Savior, Jesus.

Daniel prophesied as moved by God through visions and dreams about what was going to happen throughout history, including what would happen to Daniel’s people in the “latter days” (Daniel 10:14) and to the whole world. Those prophecies include: Four World-Ruling Empires, The Kingdom of God, A Little Horn, The 70 Weeks, Abomination of Desolation and The End of Time.

MUCH OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL IS PROPHETIC, HIGHLY SYMBOLIC AND CONTROVERSIAL. THE INTENT OF THIS PRESENTATION IS TO REPORT THE STORY OF DANIEL AS HISTORICAL FACT WHILE LEAVING THE INTERPRETATION OF PROPHESIES TO RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS.

Power point presentation #1 is entitled, Religion - Heroes of the Old Testament - Daniel - Prophet of the Exile and contains 29 slides and covers the following:

The Babylonian Captivity
Background (2)
Determination
God’s Favor on Daniel
The Kings Favor on Daniel
The Fiery Furnace
A Man of Prayer
Delivery from the Lions
Praying for His People
Dreams
Daniel’s Dreams
Prophecies
Daniel’s Prophecies
Four World-Ruling Empires
The Kingdom of God
A Little Horn
The 70 Weeks
Abomination of Desolation
The End of Time
Prophecies Sealed
His Legacy
Accomplishments
Lessons from Daniel
End of Presentation

The Babylonian Exile, or Babylonian Captivity, began in 597 but is traditionally dated at 586, is called the Exile in Jewish history; it ends in 538 when the Persians overthrow the Chaldeans. The Chaldeans, deported the Jews after they had conquered Jerusalem in 597 BC. Somewhere around 10,000 people were forced to relocate to the city of Babylon, but didn't involve the entire nation. In 586 BC, Judah itself ceased to be an independent kingdom, and the earlier deportees found themselves without a homeland, without a state, and without a nation.

Depending on which account, the Exile lasted between 48 and 70 years (Jeremiah 29:10). Some choose the dates 608 to 538, others 586 to about 516, the year when the rebuilt Temple was dedicated in Jerusalem.

They called themselves the "the children of the exiles", and in this “foreign” country and sense of despair, forged a new national identity and a new religion. For the Jew, the Exile was unexplainable. Hebrew history was built on the promise the Yahweh would protect the Hebrews and use them for his purposes in human history. Their defeat and the loss of the land promised to them by Yahweh seemed to imply that their faith in this promise was misplaced.

This crisis, can precipitate the most profound despair or the most profound reworking of a world view. For the Jews in Babylon, it did both. Texts from the Bible during this period took on a despairing quality. Lamentations, and Job, written after the exile, reflect this despair. Many of the Psalms written in this period betray an equal hopelessness.

Although the Jews suffered greatly and faced powerful cultural pressures in a foreign land, they maintained their national spirit and religious identity. This was possibly also the period when synagogues were first established, for the Jews observed the Sabbath and religious holidays, practiced circumcision, and substituted prayers for former ritual sacrifices in the Temple.

Power point presentation #2 is entitled, Religion – The Babylonian Exile and contains 16 slides and covers the following:

Background
Duration of the Exile
The Diaspora
A Divided People
The Fate of Judah
Impact on the People
Core Values Questioned
Writings During the Exile
Shift in Belief
Back to Traditions
Coping in Exile
Changing Practices
End of Presentation

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