By David B. Galbraith, D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

Latter-day Saints are good conscious of the importance of the nice urban of Jerusalem in our theology and within the heritage of God's dealings along with his humans. here's a particular contribution to the literature of the Church ready through 3 professors who've a mixed overall of thirty-five years place of dwelling and adventure in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the everlasting urban reviews the Holy urban from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 2000 — from Melchizedek to the Millennium. it's the first remedy of the importance of Jerusalem from an LDS standpoint. in the course of the disciplines of theology, heritage, geography, anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and political technology, the e-book is a finished research of Jerusalem's multifaceted effect on global heritage via 40 centuries.

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22:16-20) Josiah referred to as a solemn meeting with priesthood leaders, prophets, and the entire population of Jerusalem listening as he learn the e-book of the covenant that have been present in the Temple. The king and all of the humans covenanted to maintain the Lord's commandments. The king and clergymen burned all Baalistic gadgets within the Kidron Valley. The statue of the fertility goddess that were in the home of the Lord was once floor to powder. Josiah ousted all idolatrous clergymen and destroyed all shrines from Geba to Beersheba, the borders of Judah at the moment (see Bible Map 9). He ordered the destruction of all "the excessive areas that have been earlier than Jerusalem, that have been at the correct hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth" and different idol gods. The king additionally ordered wreckers to collapse and burn the altar and excessive position that have been nonetheless at Bethel from the times of Jeroboam (see 2 Kgs. 23:1-15). Josiah's enlightened reign ended along with his early dying at Megiddo, the place he had long past to forestall the Egyptian boost below Pharaoh Nechoh, who was once marching in the direction of the Euphrates River to assist the final Assyrian king opposed to Babylon. Josiah it appears desired to continue Egypt, Assyria's dependable best friend to the tip, from buying any keep watch over over Canaan. simply because Nechoh used to be detained by way of Josiah at Megiddo, his efforts to help Assyria have been heavily impaired, and Assyria was once defeated through the robust new Babylonian ruler, Nebuchadnezzar, in 609 B. C. Falling again to his Egyptian place of birth, Nechoh imposed Egyptian authority over Judah, from 609 to 605 B. C. , sooner than the Babylonian invasions of Judah. Josiah's loss of life marked the start of the tip for the dominion of Judah. The heritage of the Holy Land is largely an account of the struggles among Mesopotamia and Egypt to regulate the land-bridge of the close to East. the competition among Babylon and Egypt on the finish of the 7th century sooner than Christ is a vintage representation of this old axiom. in this fight Judah used to be finally annihilated. by means of the 12 months 604 B. C. the total Levant was once the area of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon: "And the king of Egypt got here no longer back any further out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt" (2 Kgs. 24:7). The Babylonian Empire The southern a part of Mesopotamia was once identified in antiquity as Babylon or Chaldea. Its leader towns have been Babylon (Hebrew, Babel, actually, "gate of God"), Ur, Erech (Uruk), and Nippur (see Bible Map 11). town of Babylon was once itself one of many wonders of the traditional international, with its ziggurat and plenty of miles of striking (terraced) gardens. Babylon was once the imperial capital of the Babylonians and used to be later the imperial capital of the Persians and of Alexander of Macedonia. The Babylonian Empire used to be robust, however it used to be short-lived. in comparison to its predecessor, Assyria, and its successor, Persia, each one of which continued for greater than centuries, the hot Babylonian Empire rose to greatness, left its heavy mark on old close to japanese heritage, in particular Jewish historical past, after which used to be swept into oblivion—all inside seventy years.

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