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A cuneiform tablet is displayed during an exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, February 3, 2015. The exhibition of ancient clay tablets from modern-day Iraq is shedding light for the first time on the daily lives of Jews who were exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem some 2,500 years ago.The exhibition is based on more than 100 cuneiform tablets, each no bigger than an adult's palm, that detail transactions and contracts between Judeans driven out of or convinced to move from Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar in 600 BC.REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1EB231MKN01

A cuneiform tablet on show in Jerusalem's Bible Lands Museum. Image: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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