Headline: Cyrus II, End of Hebrew Captivity, and the Fall of Babylon
Date Range: 539-530 BC
People: Belshazzar, Cambyses II, Cyrus II (Kurash), Nabonidus
In 539 BC, Cyrus II defeated Nabonidus in the Battle of Opis. Shortly after, he captures the city of Babylon. The Cyrus Decree, recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder, describes how he governed the new empire. There is a significant amount of crossover here between Biblical accounts and historical data. Cambyses II, son of Cyrus the Great, rose to power in 530 BC, and the monument to Cyrus II is located at Pasargadae.
Bible Verses: 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1, Isaiah 45:1-3, Daniel 1
539 BC was a significant year in the history of the world. Cyrus the Great defeated and captured Babylon. By his edict recorded in the Cyrus Cylinder in his first year, he developed and implemented a different way to govern. As a result, the Israelites were freed to return to their land. This was foretold in Isaiah 45.