539 B.C.

Some of the exiles return from Babylonia to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem to Babylon
The people of Judah who were taken into exile after the fall of Jerusalem in 587 remained in Babylonia for nearly fifty years. The situation changed after the Persians defeated the Babylonians in 539 B.C. and the Persian king Cyrus assumed the throne. Cyrus soon issued an edict allowing a group of Judean exiles to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild the Temple. Many Jews remained in Babylonia, but those who returned began the slow process of rebuilding their community under Persian rule.


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