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Babylon defeated Egypt shortly after laying waste to Jerusalem. That is, the Babylonians first routed the Egyptian army at the Battle of Carchemish, and withing 35 years, defeated Egypt proper. Writing in the 1st Century, Josephus had quoted the historian Berossus, who lived some 250 years after the fall of Babylon (and about 250 years before Josephus). In ...


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Erchin 13a-b goes through the calculations and seems to conclude that, indeed, they did not observe a single Shmittah during those 852 years.



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