Nabuchodonosor, king of Babylon, invaded Palestine in 540 B.C. He destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem and made all the noble families prisoners. He then brought them back to Babylon so they would become servants. Forty years later, Cyrus II - Babylon's new king, frees the Hebrews. He asks a 40 year-old Jew named Moses (who was born in Exile in Babylon) to lead this new generation of nobles back to their homeland, dear to their heart but unknown to their eyes. The Exodus (the real one) took place in 580 B.C. and it went from Babylon to Jerusalem, with the blessings of Cyrus II... The exile will have lasted forty years. Moses and the new generation of "nobles" didn't know what they would find back in Jerusalem or how they were going to be greeted. Cyrus II came up with a plan. In order to save face and to come back as "winners", the Hebrews, following Cyrus' advice, decided to wait two more years. During these two years, and again with the blessings of Cyrus II, The Ark of the Covenant and the Ten commandments' tablets were created. At Cyrus' asking (because Babylon and the Egyptians were engaged in a minor conflict), they also created the Legend of Moses, Pharaoh - his half brother, the building of the Pyramids, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the forty years thru the desert, the quest for the Promised Land... Moses led the scions of Palestine to the outskirts of Jerusalem where in a few days, the reigning powers were brought down by Cyrus' soldiers and the scions of the exiled were installed as chiefs. Moses went back to Babylon, to die where he was born.
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