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Attacks on Jerusalem and Affects on The Jewish People

Along with the Egyptians, Judah, which had previously submitted itself to the Chaldeans, revolted, which was led by King Jehoiakim.  In 597 Bce. Nebuchanezzar marched on Judah's largest city, Jerusalem.   King Jehoiakim perished before his prized city was captured.  After a lengthy seige, in 586 Bce. Jerusalem was burned, and all of its leading citizens were exiled into Babylon. They were made slave, however, they did have rights. They were allowed to choose their occupation and they were allowed mingle freely in Babylon, yet, they were not allowed to worship their god or return to Jerusalem.

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