II the Great, King of Persia:
is not only the founder of the Persian Empire, but for the Jews the
liberator who freed them from Babylonian slavery. He even financed the
rebuilding of the temple. Why? Cyrus was himself a monotheist - a Zoroastrian
- believing in one, eternal, beneficent being. In the Cyrus-cylinder
in the British Museum our 81st great-grandfather writes: "I Cyrus,
the king of the world....I gathered all their people and led them back
to their abodes.....and the gods....at the order of Marduk, the great
lord, I had them installed in joy in their sanctuaries."
In the Book of Ezra 1: 1-4 the Scribe quotes Cyrus saying with almost the same god fearing words: "The Lord, the God of Heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem."
From here the line follows the many Armenian lines in my family tree
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