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Five archeological sites in the Holy Land

Introduction The deciphering of the Rosetta Stone and the Behistun Inscription gave us an understanding of the ancient written languages of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia. Official records and diplomatic correspondence were found inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform (or Akkadian) on clay tablets at Tell el Amarna. They deal with the reigns of Amenhotep III and [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 5C)

Introduction After the Jews were banished from Judea they dispersed all over the world. Jerusalem was ruled by Gentile nations for centuries. The Bible abounds with prophecies concerning the gathering of the Jews back to the Promised Land. The first gathering produced the modern State of Israel, which was necessary for the fulfillment of the [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 5B)

Introduction After the Jews were banished from Judea they dispersed all over the world. Jerusalem was ruled by Gentile nations for centuries. The Bible abounds with prophecies concerning the gathering of the Jews back to the Promised Land. The first gathering produced the modern State of Israel, which was necessary for the fulfillment of the [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 5A)

Introduction After the Jews were banished from Judea they dispersed all over the world. Jerusalem was ruled by Gentile nations for centuries. The Bible abounds with prophecies concerning the gathering of the Jews back to the Promised Land. The first gathering produced the modern State of Israel, which was necessary for the fulfillment of the [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 4)

Introduction After the close of the Old Testament, Persia remained a world power for another 100 years and Jerusalem was relatively peaceful. During the period of the Greek Empire, Jerusalem continued to prosper. It was only under the last king that Jerusalem's peace was shattered. This led to the Maccabean uprising which brought in a [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 3)

Introduction Judah was captive in Babylon for 70 years, about 605-536 B.C., until Persia conquered Babylon. Cyrus, the first king of Persia, permitted the people of Judah and all others who so wished to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of God. During the time of the Greek Empire (333-63 B.C.), many Jews settled [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 2)

Introduction Before the Israelites entered the land of Canaan, God warned them through Moses, "If you keep my laws I will give you life and prosperity, but if you forsake me I will also forsake you and bring calamity upon you" and you will not live long in the promised land. [1] After the reign [...]

The History of Jerusalem (part 1)

Introduction Jerusalem is regarded as a sacred city by the three monotheistic faiths of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, as the capital of the State of Israel since +/- 1000 BC, and the place where God chose to have his temple built, it became the spill around which the Jewish people's lives revolved. [...]