Was Judaism Polytheistic Prior to their Babylonian Captivity, and also, how was Judaism influenced by Zoroastrianism?
I read that when the Jewish people were liberated around 537 BC from Babylon, they were influenced by Zoroastrianism to become monotheistic, which surprised me.
- How was Judaism influenced by Zoroastrianism, and were they polytheistic before this?
- It seems that the Jewish people always had a knowledge or awareness of the ancient Persians from Cyrus the Great onwards. Also, Jesus was visited by 3 Zoroastrian priests called Magis when he was born. Was there any interactions with ancient Jewish people with ancient Hindus/Buddhists?