(i24News) A new exhibition, By the Rivers of Babylon, in the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, opening February 2, is focusing on one of the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people – the Babylonian Exile.
The destruction of Jerusalem, the journey to Babylonia, the daily lives of the Judean exiles in captivity and finally the return to Zion are all depicted in original artifacts dating to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile, which are on display for the first time.
Among the rare artifacts are 100 clay tablets from the Al-Yahudu archive (named after the city that the Judean exiles settled, in southern Iraq) which display evidence of the lives of the exiles.
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The Al-Yahudu archive is a large archive of over 200 tablets, which surfaced on the antiquities market in the early 1970s, and is currently owned by two private collectors, according to museum's site.
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