The development of two Old
Testament canons raises
questions which are rooted both
in history and geography.
The roots of the double Old
Testament canon in history
center around the beginning of the Diaspora or dispersion
of the Jewish communities
outside Israel about 600 BC.
This occurred at the time of the Babylonian Captivity--the
conquering of the Israelites by
the Babylonian king,
Nebuchadnezzar about 605 BC and
the Jews being taken
to Babylon as captives.
2 Kings 24:12
Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah ... surrendered to the
king of Babylon, who, in the eighth year of his reign,
took him captive.