You said, "However, for some reason, the royal family did not want the focus of Jewish worship to be directed toward Persia." I think they were following the input provided in the 'Tower of Babel' myth. There god divided up the kingdoms, going so far as to create new languages for each fiefdom. What 'god' had learned was that a single united empire where everyone spoke the same language was ultimately revolutionary. Therefore, god whould henceforth rule by divide and conquer, make each lttle piece of the puzzle separate unto itself.
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