6.3.8 The First Years of Nebuchadnezzar II (604–595 BCE)


Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of Av) is a sad holiday because tradition says that the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem happened twice on this very same day. Although there are no primary sources that give evidence about the exact day, many sources and archaeological finds give evidence about the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. One of those sources is a chronicle, or history, written by the Babylonians, which you see here.

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