Jewish History 2500 BCE 539 BCE

2500 BCE to 539 BCE: The Story

Jewish History from the beginning through the Babylonian exile.


What cultural, textual, and archaeological sources can tell us about this patriarch

King Saul

Israel's first king was a controversial ruler.

Judah & Israel: A Divided Monarchy

After the death of King Solomon, two independent kingdoms emerged.

Babylonian Exile

The Temple's destruction, the transfer of leadership to Babylon, and the Persian return to Israel reflect the larger political conflicts of the ancient world.

Conquering Canaan

Joshua and Judges present different versions of the Israelite conquest.

Exodus: History or Mythic Tale?

A biblical scholar reviews the historical claims of the biblical book of Exodus.

The Genesis of Judaism

Where do Jews come from?