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The Progress of Religious Ideas, Through Successive Ages, Vol. 2 of 3

Excerpt from The Progress of Religious Ideas, Through Successive Ages, Vol. 2 of 3 The old prophecy of Nathan concerning the house of David sustained the hopes of pious exiles, who never allowed themselves to doubt that Israel would be restored to the promised land. When Cyrus the Great, of Persia, conquered Babylon, five hundred and thirty-six years be fore Christ, he likewise acquired possession of the land of Canaan. Hebrew prophets pointed toward him as a de liverer; and whether he was informed of that circumstance, as some have said, or whether he was merely in uenced by good policy in having the soil cultivated by colonies warmly attached to it, certain it is, he gave the captives leave to return to their native land, and offered them many inducements. A large proportion, probably including the wealthiest, preferred to remain in the Persian empire, where they had acquired possessions, and formed connec tions in business. It was a common saying among them selves that only the bran returned to Jerusalem, while the fine our was left in Babylon. For many ages after, the number of Jews in Chaldea, Assyria, and Persia, was thought greatly to exceed those of Palestine. A large multitude never returned. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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