Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites chronicles the story of how the Jewish people were able to preserve their culture from being overwhelmed by other more powerful worldly kingdoms. It begins with the Babylonian Exile where the Judean scribes, realizing that they faced the same fate as their ten northern brothers of the extinct Kingdom of Israel, fought to preserve their identity and culture though the written word. From there it describes the struggles that the Jewish people faced against the materialism of the Seleucid Empire to the armed might-makes-right attitude of the Roman Empire. The story culminates with the triumph of individual Jewish sages such as Hillel, Yochanan ben Zakai and Akiva in preserving Jewish tradition that has survived to this day. (from

Episode 1 - By the Rivers of Babylon

Episode 1 - By the Rivers of Babylon
In 586 B.C., exiled Israelites write down stories of Judah.

Episode 2 - The Book and the Sword
Ezra reads the Bible to illiterate Judeans in 458 B.C.; the Maccabees defend their religious freedom.

Episode 3 - The End of Days
Conflict erupts between Jews and Romans when Pompeii enters Judah in 63 B.C.

Episode 4 - The Gifts of the Jews
Rabbis struggle to reinvigorate Judaism after the Romans destroy temples; the rise of Christianity.

Related Links
Kingdom of David - wikipedia
Kingdom of David was a part of the Empire Series of history documentaries for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).
History of ancient Israel and Judah - wikipedia
Israel and Judah were related Iron Age kingdoms of the ancient Levant. The Kingdom of Israel emerged as an important local power by the 9th century BCE before falling to the Neo-Assyrian Empire in 722 BCE.
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