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Medo-Persian Kingdom


1. Extended from India to Ethiopia. Es 1:1.

2. Peopled by descendants of Eliam. Ge 10:22.

3. Illustrated by

a. Silver part of image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Da 2:32,39.

b. A bear. Da 7:5.

c. A ram with two horns. Da 8:3,20.

4. Shushan a chief city of. Es 1:2; 8:15.

5. Achmetha or Ecbatana a chief city of. Ezr 6:2.

6. Divided into many provinces. Es 1:1; Da 6:1.

7. Laws of, unalterable. Da 6:12,15.

8. Ruled by, absolute kings. Es 3:8,11; 7:9.

9. Kings of, mentioned in scripture

a. Cyrus. Ezr 1:1.

b. Ahasuerus or Cambyses. Ezr 4:6.

c. Artaxerxes Smerdis (an usurper). Ezr 4:7.

d. Darius Hystaspes. Ezr 6:1; Da 5:31.

e. Xerxes. Da 11:2.

f. Artaxerxes Longimanus or Ahasuerus. Ezr 6:14; 7:1; Es 1:1.

10. Kings of

a. Called kings of Assyria. Ezr 6:22.

b. Called kings of Babylon. Ne 13:6.

c. Styled themselves king of kings. Ezr 7:12.

d. Dwelt in royal palaces. Es 1:2; 8:14.

e. Were exceeding rich. Es 1:4; Da 12:2.

f. Entertained magnificently. Es 1:3,5,7.

g. Held in their hand a golden sceptre. Es 5:2.

h. Put to death all who approached them without permission. Es 4:11,16.

11. Celebrated for wise men. Es 1:13; Mt 2:1.

12. People of, warlike. Eze 27:10; 38:5.

13. Peculiar customs in. Es 1:8; 2:12,13.

14. Babylon taken by the king of. Da 5:20,31.

15. The Jews delivered from captivity by means of. 2Ch 36:20,22,23; Ezr 1:1-4.

16. Predictions respecting

a. Extensive conquest. Da 8:4.

b. Conquest of Babylon. Isa 21:1,2; Da 5:28.

c. Deliverance of the Jews. Isa 44:28; 45:1-4.

d. Invasion of Greece under Xerxes. Da 11:2.

e. Downfall by Alexander. Da 8:6,7; 11:3.