Solomon’s temple. Canaan. After settling in Canaan the Israelites were led by judges ( shofetin ). The Hebrews longed for a king to help them against growing threats from the Philistines so God granted their wish with King Saul.
With Solomon’s Temple destroyed, the people, as a community, needed to find a new way to honour God.
Places for congregational worship, synagogues, were created.
The Exile also marked the beginning of intense scholarly analysis of scripture and the emergence of revered teachers, known as rabbis.
To this day the only part remaining is the Western Wall, which continues to be a place of devotion and prayer for Jews.