Nebuchadrezzar's lines of communication ( Jer. 37:11; 32:1).
The Egyptian army withdrew and the siege was resumed.
When the Chaldeans succeeded in making a breach in the
wall in July 587 B.C., Zedekiah attempted to escape. He was
caught at Jericho, brought before Nebuchadrezzar at Riblah,
and blinded after having to witness the execution of his sons
( 2 Kgs. 25:7).According to Jer. 52:12, although the breach was made on
the ninth day of the fourth month, it was only on the tenth
day of the fifth month, that Nebuzaradan, the commander of
the Babylonian guard, entered the city and set fire to it and to
the Temple. Is this due to different reckonings? Did the city
resist another month without its king, in the same way that
Samaria had held out for nearly three years? Jerusalem was destroyed and the organs of government
liquidated. Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, was made governor at
Mizpah, a site which recalled Samuel and Saul, rather than David. The attempt to form a community failed, for at the
instigation of the Ammonites, who were still at war, Gedaliah
was assassinated and his followers forced Jeremiah to flee
with them to Egypt ( Jer. 42; 2 Kgs. 25:26). Judah was attached
to Samaria as its administrative headquarters. The country
remained troubled, for in 582, as the result of another revolt
by Moabites and Ammonites, 745 Judaeans were deported Jer. 52:30). The Edomites took the south as far as Hebron,
the future Idumea, and the Arabs infiltrated from the east.
Such was the situation that those who were repatriated after
the Exile found unchanged.
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Book title: Tradition and Interpretation.
Contributors: G. W. Anderson - Author.
Publisher: Clarendon Press.
Place of publication: Oxford, England.
Publication year: 1979.
Page number: 318.
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