Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Postexilic'
adj : of or relating to the period in Jewish history after 539 BC
(after the Babylonian Captivity)
- Postexilian \Post`ex*il"i*an\, Postexilic \Post`ex*il"ic\, a.]
After the exile; specif. (Jewish Hist.), belonging to a
period subsequent to the Babylonian captivity or exile (b. c.
597 or about 586-about 537).
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Postexilic'
The Babylonian Exile was the period in Jewish history during which the Jews of the ancient Kingdom of Judah were captives in Babylon.
According to the Hebrew Bible, there were three deportations of Jews to Babylon: in 597 BCE, involving King Jeconiah and his court and many others; in 587 BCE, of his successor King Zedekiah and the rest of the people; and a possible deportation after the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-appointed governor of Yehud Province, possibly in 582 BCE. The forced exile ended in 538 BCE after the fall of Babylon to the Persian king Cyrus the Great, who gave the Jews permission to return to Yehud province and to rebuild the Temple;
The captivity and subsequent return to the Land of Israel and the rebuilding of the Second Temple in the Jerusalem are considered significant events in Jewish history and culture, which had a far-reaching impact on the development of Judaism.[See more about Postexilic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]