But for now, how about a brief introduction to this obscure little section of the Old Testament called the Post-Exilic Prophets?
God used Babylon as His agent of judgment against Israel for their sins of idolatry and rebellion against Him. There were actually several different times during this period B. With each successive rebellion against Babylonian rule, Nebuchadnezzar would lead his armies against Judah until they laid siege to Jerusalem for over a year, killing many people and destroying the Jewish temple, taking captive many thousands of Jews, and leaving Jerusalem in ruins.
As prophesied in Scripture, the Jewish people would be allowed to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile. That prophecy was fulfilled in B.
Post Exile c. BC First view (and traditional one) is that Daniel was written immediately after the Babylonian exile ended and many Jews returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Babylonian Exile and Beyond. 1. Some general remarks about the significance of this period to our understanding of the rise of Jerusalem as a religious symbol biblical literature is decisively shaped by the experience of loss and destruction reflected in exilic and early post-exilic literature (and in the editorial processes older texts. Background to the Post-exilic Books; Background to the Post-exilic Books. Course: Old Testament Survey. When the Persians took over the Babylonian Empire in BC, they already had a big empire of their own, the Medeo-Persian Empire. The Medeo-Persian Empire was and it was massive. They did extend it. There is a part of India.
The return under the direction of Ezra led to a revival among the Jewish people and the rebuilding of the temple. It was during this time that Nebuchadnezzar took many of the finest and brightest young men from each city in Judah captive, including Daniel, Hananiah ShadrachMishael Meshach and Azariah Abednego.
After three years of serving Nebuchadnezzar, Jehoiakim of Judah rebelled against Babylonian rule and once again turned to Egypt for support. Arriving in Jerusalem around March of B. At that time Nebuchadnezzar appointed King Zedekiah to rule as his representative over Judah, but after nine years and still not having learned their lesson, Zedekiah led Judah in rebellion against Babylon one final time 2 Kings 24— This resulted in Nebuchadnezzar again laying siege to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem fell in July or BC, and Zedekiah was taken captive to Babylon after seeing his sons killed before him and then having his eyes plucked out 2 Kings At this time Jerusalem was laid to waste, the temple destroyed and all the houses burned. The majority of the Jewish people were taken captive, but, again, Nebuchadnezzar left a remnant of poor people to serve as farmers and vinedressers 2 Kings The books of 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings deal with much of the time leading up to fall of both the Northern Kingdom and Judah.
They also cover the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the beginning of the Babylonian captivity.
Jeremiah was one of the prophets during the time leading up to the fall of Jerusalem and the exile, and Ezekiel and Daniel were written while the Jews were in exile.
Ezra deals with the return of the Jews as promised over 70 years before by God through the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah. The book of Nehemiah also covers the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem after the exile was over.
The Babylonian captivity had one very significant impact on the nation of Israel when it returned to the land—it would never again be corrupted by the idolatry and false gods of the surrounding nations.
A revival among Jews took place after the return of the Jews to Israel and the rebuilding of the temple. We see those accounts in Ezra and Nehemiah as the nation would once again return to the God who had delivered them from their enemies.
Just as God had promised through the prophet Jeremiah, God judged the Babylonians for their sins, and the Babylonian Empire fell to the armies of Persia in B.EXILE, BABYLONIAN, exiles of Judah to Modern scholarship has adopted their perspective in dividing Israelite/Jewish history into "pre-exilic," "exilic," and "post-exilic" periods.
The destruction of the Assyrian empire brought only temporary respite to the kingdom of Judah. The newly established Chaldean. In order to understand the post-exilic prophets, some historical context is necessary.
i The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had died in , and his death had precipitated the rapid decline of his empire.
His reign was followed in quick succession by the reigns of Evil-Merodach (–), Neriglissar (–), and Labisi-Marduk ( These are the questions faced by the post-exilic prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. In order to understand the post-exilic prophets, some historical context is necessary.
i The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had died in , and his death had precipitated the rapid decline of his empire. Babylonian Exile and Beyond. 1. Some general remarks about the significance of this period to our understanding of the rise of Jerusalem as a religious symbol biblical literature is decisively shaped by the experience of loss and destruction reflected in exilic and early post-exilic literature (and in the editorial processes older texts.
there is no such a thing as post-exilic Israel in the times of the prophets. Israel's Diaspora lasted from the Babylonian conquest to the Proclamation of Independence on . Some notes on the changes from pre-exilic Israelite/Judahite culture to the early Jewish culture of the exile and of early post-exilic times Pre-exilic Before the exile, Judah was a monarchy that had taken on the traditions of "Israel," the tribal community once united under King David.