Clay tablets explain what life was like for Jewish exiles in Babylon

Clay tablets explain what life was like for Jewish exiles in Babylon

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Recently, a small collection consisting of more than 100 clay tablets full of cuneiform writing, which take us back in time, to about 2,500 years, when the Babylonian exile. These tablets allow us to have a vision of what day to day life was like for the oldest exile communities in the world.

Professor Wayne Horowitz, one of the most famous researchers and archaeologists who had the opportunity to scrutinize these tables in depth, has assured that It is one of the most important Jewish archives since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

All these tablets are exhibited in a show entitled "By the rivers of Babylon”, Which can be seen in the Jerusalem Museum. This collection is mainly composed of contracts, addresses, administrative certificates and sales vouchers engraved on these clay tablets with cuneiform writing.

The Babylonians had the custom that each of the texts that they wrote on the tablets were accompanied by the date of that moment and everything indicates that the tables could be dated between 572 and 477 BC.

One of the oldest tables in the collection stands out for having been written around 15 years after the destruction of the First Temple by the king of the Chaldeans, Nebuchadnezzar. Who ordered the deportation of the Jews from Babylon.

The last of the tablets that we can find in this collection is believed to be It was written 60 years after the return of a group of exiles to Zion in 538 BC. What must be said is that not much information is known about how this collection was discovered and everything indicates that it was unearthed in the 70s of the last century in southern Iraq.

Today, all this legacy acquired by the collector David Sofer, is exhibited in the Museum of the Biblical Lands of Israel.

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