Why did King Cyrus let them go ?
By EComp The Rev Neville Barker Cryer – 35 minutes
In the paper NBC poses a number of questions relating to why in the very early part of his reign did King Cyrus let the Jewish people leave Babylon and return to Judah.
He first of all sets out the background as to why they were in Babylon in the first place and how King Cyrus came to be the ruler of a vast area comparable with the territories conquered and held by Alexander the Great in later times.
King Cyrus had a strategy for governing which involved the release of a number of enslaved races of whom the Jewish people were but one.
The paper provides an interesting insight to the historical and strategic background to the ceremony of exaltation.