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Hello and thank you for taking my question. In the book of kings it speaks of Israel being captured by Assyria and assyrian people being moved to that land to replace the Israelites. Then we have babylon and eventually Persia capturing Israel - so what exactly are persia and babylon capturing....the original Jews, or the assyrians who had been moved to that land. And if its the original Jews -  how did they get back to Israel twice to be captured over and over again. THank you

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It is important to remember that Israel was two kingdoms.  In 2 Kinds 17 we see that Samaria was captured and the people taken to Assyria; the Assyrians then settled in Samaria, the northern kingdom of Israel.  This left Judah, in the south, to survive until Nebuchadnezzar attacked.  In 2 Kings 25, Jerusalem falls and the southern part of Israel comes under Assyrian rule.  This started the captivity of all the people of Israel.

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Using the Bible as my primary source and references in support of it, I am willing to answer questions on subjects from the Old and New Testaments. My faith is based on biblical Christianity and fundamental views from the Bible. I cannot answer questions about specific sects or religious organizations nor can I address religions outside biblical Christianity. As a Christian for over 40 years, I have studied many aspects of the Christian faith. My particular interests are in creation and the natural processes of the world around us and how they fit with the biblical record. I believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I believe that there are no contradictions in the Bible and that the Bible is complete in telling us as individuals how we should relate to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; our purpose on earth; and how we should live. Greek lauguage study has helped me gain additional insight into the New Testament but most of my reference work is done in English and, to a lesser degree, German.

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