In 587 BC, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem. He deported the tribe of Judah to Babylon. Later, on three separate occasions, some are permitted to return.
THE FIRST RETURN
In 538 BC, Zerubbabel returned to rebuild the temple.
Ezra chapter 1 to 6
The Book of Haggai
The Book of Zechariah
THE SECOND RETURN
In 458 BC, Ezra returned to reform the people.
Ezra chapter 7 to 10
THE THIRD RETURN
In 444 BC, Nehemiah returned in order to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
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