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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

2 Kings 24–25

THEME

Exile

SETTING

6th century BCE Jerusalem, central Judah.

KEY FIGURES

Nebuchadnezzar II The conquering King of Babylon, who invades Jerusalem.

Jehoiakim Puppet-king of Judah installed by the Egyptians from 609–597 BCE. Father and predecessor of Jehoiachin.

Jehoiachin King of Judah for three months in 598–597 BCE.

Zedekiah King of Judah from 597 BC up until the time of the Babylonian siege in 586 BCE. Uncle of Jehoiachin.

In 586 BCE, after a long siege, the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar II, capture Jerusalem, holy city of the Israelites and capital of the kingdom of Judah. The utter destruction of both ...

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