1000 BCE -- Moses, a renowned leader of the Hebrew people, received the "Covenant" from God on Mt. Sinai. The covenant includes the Ten Commandments, which were embossed on stone tablets. Saul, the first king of the Hebrew people established a kingdom near Palestine. Later, David and Solomon expanded the kingdom of Israel, and established Jerusalem as a center of Hebrew Worship. The Hebrew people were forced out of Jerusalem and into slavery by the Neo-Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II, 600 BCE. It is during this time that the Hebrew people wrote down their religious law and practice, and began to focus their religion on the written word of God.