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Religion – The Babylonian Exile

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This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Religion – The Babylonian Exile. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

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.

The presentation covers the following:

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
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