We are all priests, as many of us as are called Christians," Luther wrote in On the Babylonian Captivity
of the Church.
Pettegree is effective in showing how the original and powerful content that Luther provided, particularly in his greatest publications, such as his three great pamphlets of 1520 (To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, The Babylonian Captivity
of the Church, and The Freedom of a Christian Man), fed the rising printing industry.
Jerusalem's significance, for instance, lies in the fact that many important events in the Hebrew Bible are believed to have transpired there: from Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac to the rise of King David, the building of Solomon's temple, and its restoration following the Babylonian captivity
I started looking for more information about what might have caused the mass migration of Jews from Mesopotamia; the land where they'd established their first diaspora community, following the Babylonian captivity
Jews have not forgotten the Babylonian captivity
and the Iranians have not forgotten the battle of Qadisiyah that led to the destruction of the Persian Empire.
Reassuring those who feared that they could not continue their relationship with God in exile, God explains, "ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" The Babylonian captivity
is thus the origin of Judaism as a law-based religion that can be practiced anywhere, rather than a sacrificial cult focused on the sacred temple.
Kaufmann, The Babylonian Captivity
and Deutero-Isaiah, (New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1970), p.
The Israelites were taken as prisoners in the Babylonian captivity
The period of the Babylonian Captivity
is discussed, but so, too is the fate of the Jewish people under the considerably more tolerant Cyrus the Great of Persia.
Truman compared himself to Cyrus, the Persian king who allowed Jews to return to Palestine in ancient times after the Babylonian captivity
, although Zionist sympathies have run deep in America since its foundation.
Luther posted his 95 Theses in late October of 1517; and it was in 1520, only months after publication of the second set of these Paraphrases, that he published his three explosive writings, An Appeal to the German Nobility, The Freedom of a Christian Man, and The Babylonian Captivity
of the Church.
The Mesopotamian flood myth was inco= rporated into the great poetic epic Gilgamesh, and Finkel believes it was d= uring the Babylonian captivity
that the exiled Jews learned the story, brou= ght it home with them, and incorporated it into the Old Testament.