Picture of Masada By Andrew Shiva

After careful preparation and months of siege, the Roman governor finally gave the order to take Masada. The legionnaires crossed the threshold of the rebels’ palace walls that was home to one of the Jewish rebel leaders. Instead of the intense resistance that they had come to expect of their foe, what greeted them was a deathly silence, which left the company of invaders with mutual feelings of trepidation and anxiety. It was almost as if the absence of soldiers welcoming them was far more intimidating than the contrary. …

In the year 586 BCE, the Neo-Babylonian empire, under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar 2, the Temple in Jerusalem was sacked then destroyed. The Temple, otherwise known as Solomon's Temple, was the holy temple in Jerusalem. After the destruction, the Kingdom of Judah became the next target, and was subsequently conquered. Following this, at least 10,000 Jewish families are captured as prisoners of the invading Neo-Babylonian Empire.

In the year 740 BCE, the Assyrian monarchs, and their powerful army, successfully invaded the kingdom of Israel, thus marking the beginning of what historians would later referred to as the Assyrian captivity. By design, it also began a series of events that would eventually lead to mass deportations from Samaria, which was formerly a city located in northern Israel, and the end of Israel’s northern ten tribe kingdom. This was a campaign embarked by the monarchs: Tiglath-Pileser 3 and Shalmensser 5, whom had been the original invaders, and the project was ultimately completed by Sargon 3 and Sennecherib 3…

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