Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Cyrus

Following the rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in the late 7th century BC and the subjugation of the Kingdom of Judah, many of the former residents of Judah were eventually taken into captivity in Babylon as a result of rebellion against Babylonian rule. In three waves of exile, citizens of Judah were taken to Babylon and the surrounding area and forced to remain there until the Persians eventually conquered Babylon and allowed the various subjugated nations to return to their homelands.

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