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Babylonian Exile to the End of the Biblical Era

The Babylonians were not anti-Semites per se; while they only wanted to destroy Judah as an independent political power, they harbored no ill feelings toward the Jewish religion. As such, Jews were given their own cities, where earlier exiled Jews welcomed them warmly.
Despite their reverence for the new Holy Temple, numerous physical attributes reminded the Jewish people of its lower status.
Anshei Knesses Hagdolah was the greatest scholarly assembly in the history of the Jewish people.
When the Assyrians exiled the Ten Tribes, the conquerors brought in a foreign people called Cutheans to populate the vacated territory.
A major difference exists between the traditional rabbinic date for the Destruction of the First Temple and the date given by secular historians.
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