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Destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple

Destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple

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Nebuchadnezzar Destroys Jerusalem

On the seventh day of Ab, the chief of Nebuchadnezzar's army, Nebuchadnezzar, began the destruction of Jerusalem. The walls of the city were torn down, and the royal palace, and other structures in the city were set on fire. On the ninth day of the same month, towards the evening, the Holy Temple ("Beth Hamikdosh") was set on fire and was destroyed. Everything of gold and silver that still remained was carried off as loot by Babylonian soldiers. All the beautiful works of art with which King Solomon had once decorated and ornamented the holy edifice were destroyed or taken away. The holy vessels of the Temple that could be found were brought to Babylon. The high priest Seraiah and many other high officials and priests were executed. Many thousands of the people that had escaped the sword were taken prisoner and led into captivity in Babylon, where some of their best had already preceded them. Only the poorest of the residents of Jerusalem were permitted to stay on to plant the vineyards and work in the fields. Over these Nebuchadnezzar set a governor, Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, a great friend of Jeremiah.

Upon Nebuchadnezzar's orders Jeremiah was released from prison and saved from the cruel fate that befell the other leaders of the people. Nebuchadnezzar took off Jeremiah's chains, and allowed him to choose between remaining in his native land or going to Babylon, not as a captive but as an honored guest. Jeremiah preferred to stay and end his days on the holy soil of Judah.

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June 21, 2012
this is still useful
I have a hard time finding it using the search function.

what it gives me is an outline of Jewish history that I can digest, so when I see the haftorah or read about calamities of fast days I have more perspective. It's much easier reading this than English Tanach translations. I'm retaining more information.

Thanks for posting this.
Dan Schechter
baltimore, md
June 1, 2011
Its ok to say God, when you are talking. As long as it's not being used in a rude way.
Jack
sydney, NSW
May 10, 2011
apreaciation
in deed its hig time people need to turn back to GOD
Anonymous
kampala, uganda
August 24, 2009
Jeremiah
Although I am a Christian the one prophet that stands head and shoulders above all the others of the Torah is Jeremiah. This G-dly man stood in the very face of opposition and always proclaimed the truth, his only concern was to speak the words that the L-rd has commanded him to speak. To those who say that Israel does not belong to the Jewish people, that G-d has turned his back on them. I say this G-d has never turned his back to his chosen people. He proved that when the Jewish people formed the modern state of Israel. People of Israel stand firm like Jeremiah, and remain unshakeable.

Shalom
a Christian who cares
Adolfo Rivera Juiel
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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