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The Religion of the Exiles: A Sociological Approach to the Babylonian Captivity (A Lesson for Nigeria)

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Abstract

The term 'Exile' which means a forcible removal of any 'undesirable' person or group of persons from all or part of the country, is applied as a punishment to criminals and political offenders since ancient times. It was common practice for conquering empires in the Middle East and the Orient - like Assyria and Babylon - to disperse entire populations, sometimes transporting the conquered peoples as slaves when they were thought to be a serious threat to the peace and stability of the empire.