Why were only the poor people allowed to stay in Jerusalem at the time of the diaspora after the Temple’s destruction?
- Anonymous4 months agoFavourite answer
THE WEALTHY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE RISEN UP AGAIN TO TRY AND TAKE OVER JERUSALEM, SO THEY WERE BANISHED.
POOR PEOPLE HAVE NO SUCH ASPIRATIONS SO THEY WERE LEFT. YHVH GOD FAVOURS THE POOR , THE WEAK AND THE HUMBLE. THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO LISTEN TO HIM.
- Old Man DirtLv 74 months ago
They took away those that were a threat, had a skill or could be taught for use elsewhere. Part of the goal was indoctrination in to the Babylonian way of life including religion.
- DavidLv 74 months ago
The poor were no threat.
- Mindy SueLv 54 months ago
The Babylonians were interested in conquering and controlling a large empire. When they conquered a new territory, they would kill off the territory's leadership and deport and disperse any people of wealth and power to prevent those people from organizing any kind of insurrection. The people who were left behind posed little risk of rebelling because 1) they were poor, not wealthy or educated or respected such that they might raise an army, 2) they were loyal to Babylon, because they had been downtrodden in the previous generation, and now the Babylonians had given them some wealth. Leaving some people behind benefited the Babylonians because it would take more resources to move everyone, and also because people were needed to work the land so it would remain productive. If farmland is left unattended for just a few years, trees will spring up and wild animals will settle in. If that happens it is a significant amount of work to clear the land again and make it productive.