The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem


The destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile were a great catastrophe in the history of the Jewish Nation.

What really happened during that dark, fateful age, and how did new opportunities arise from the ashes?
This course will temporarily close for enrollment from March 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2022. During this time, the course will be closed for new enrolments. All of the course materials will continue to be able available to previously enrolled learners; however, the course staff will not provide support in the Discussion Forums during this period.
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What you will learn

Introduction to geopolitics and geography of the Ancient Near East

Welcome to the first module of “The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem”! In this module you will be introduced to the geopolitical reality of the time of the Assyrian empire, followed by the Neo-Babylonian. We hope you’ll find the videos informative and interesting. We encourage you to use the discussion forums in order to raise any questions or thoughts you might have after watching the videos.

Judah Under Babylonian Rule

The second module deals with Judah under Babylonian rule. We will learn about the Babylonian Conquest of Hattu-land and Judah, the events that lead to Jehoiakim’s revolt and its outcome, and the changes in the Babylonian policy towards Judah following this revolt. You are welcome to raise questions for discussion regarding these topics.

The Days of the Destruction of Jerusalem

This module deals with Zedekiah’s rebellion and the destruction of Judah.You are invited to watch the following units and learn about the Egyptian intervention, the reasons for Zedekiah’s revolt, and the history of the destruction of Judah.

Gedaliah son of Ahikam

In this module we will learn about the transition of the capital city from Jerusalem to Mizpah and the governorship of Gedaliah son of Ahikam in Mizpah following the destruction. We encourage you to use the discussions to ask about anything that isn’t clear or raise your own ideas regarding the material you learned.

What’s included