How did the theological and cultural shifts that occurred due to the Babylonian Exileinfluence the development of Jewish religious practices and the formation of the Hebrew Bible?

Many scholars believe that almost all Jewish theology and religious practices came post exile and in direct response to the exile. In Ezra Nehemiah, we see stories of public readings of the Torah, which people very clearly have never read and know nothing about. Some argue that these texts were written not only as a […]

During their time under foreign rule by the Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks, did those cultures influence the bible stories in other ways besides instilling a sense of homelessness?

That’s a very interesting question and yes, we can see the effect of exile on the bible stories in many ways: Cultural, linguistic, thematic, even religious. The cultural impact of Babylon can be seen even in Genesis 1. While in exile, Jews had to listen to the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation epic, performed aloud […]