Exile to Babylon. The people of Judah were deported to Babylon in four stages. In 605 b.c., Nebuchadnezzar defeated Jerusalem, carrying away treasures and some of the people. Daniel was taken to Babylon at this time. In 597, Babylon responded to rebellion in Jerusalem by defeating the city again. Ezekiel was taken into exile at this time. In 587, Babylon conquered Jerusalem for yet another rebellion. This time the Babylonians tore down the city’s defensive walls and destroyed the temple. Jeremiah experienced this defeat. Finally, in 582, while reasserting its control over Palestine, Babylon took more Israelites into captivity.