An Introduction to The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther by Archibald Henry Sayce

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But it is now clear that the Persians received it from the Babylonians, like the Jews and the Greeks. A Babylonian contract-tablet dated in the twelfth year of N abonidos, five years before the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus, mentions the word dariku in the sense apparently of a certain measure. The 'daric,' therefore, cannot have taken its name from Darius, as has been supposed, but was originally a Babylonian measure or weight, which, like the English 'pound,' afterwards came to denote a coin. It may be added that, according to Mr.

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After the exile, the old Jewish names, which were common alike to the Hebrews and Phrenicians, disappear entirely, and their those current in Babylonia. Even the months according to also; the first month second Iyyar. The decipherment inscriptions has names given cleared up the by the Babylonians their months, and has thus explained, at the same time, the forms taken by these names in Jewish literature. ' Considering how closely connected were the names of the months with the transactions of every-day life, the adoption of their Babylonian event, and proved how ready Jewish captives were to forget fathers.

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