Today, I participated in the first session of the fantastically interesting conference accompanying the opening of the “Rivers of Babylon” exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.
Although I had to leave early for some meetings, the lectures dealt with the absolutely fantastic cunieform documents from Babylonia which provide fascinating details on the post-Iron Age Judahites who were exiled to the region, during the Babylonian and Persian periods. These documents open an almost completely known window on the history of the early exile in Mesopotamia, after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.
To a certain extent, the importance of these documents is like the Dead Sea Scrolls – as they open up completely new avenues on a relatively unknown period in Jewish – and ancient near eastern – history.
Any one in Jerusalem in the coming months – definitely do go to this fascinating exhibition!