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Part I Israe’sl axial age was drawing to a close for many reasons in the 5th century. One reason was Jerusalem had become a small an undistinguished city in the corner of the Persian Empire. An axial age commonly occurs in a region that is usually a leader in change and growth. (296.) Second Israel and Judah had suffered greatly from tyranny of the Imperial powers. These powers brought along with them a hint of broader horizons and a bigger and more powerful world. (291.) In addition the exiled survivors were returning and were no longer in the vanguard of current endeavors. They lived discreetly and their struggle for survival had become more important than the vision for new religious beliefs. The belief that Yahweh would return to open the gates for all outsiders and foreigners to offer sacrifices to him was no longer. (292.) Ezra was excluding his own people by telling them they could not associate with the am ha-aretz and take foreign wives. They were the foreigners who settled in Cannan after the Babylonian war, and also the Israelites and Judahites who had not been deported to Babylon. (293.) Ezra held a meeting with all the members of the Golah and told them anybody who refused to attend would be cast out of the community and their property would be confiscated. Ezra did this because he wanted the Torah to be known as the law of the land.

Part II In Athens during the 5th century people were becoming uncertain of their future especially the older generation. Pericles had led them to their pinnacle of power. Athens was flourishing both in the arts and architecturally. Athens and Sparta had agreed upon a thirty year truce, but the younger generation did not appreciate these accomplishments. The younger generation was growing impatient with their aging leader, Pericles. (295.) Also, in China a new of thinking was emerging. The…...

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