Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Israel at War 853–586 BC by Brad Kelle

By Brad Kelle

Complicated and risky, in 922 BC the dominion of old Israel was once divided into Judah, within the South, and Israel, within the North. For the subsequent two hundred years, there has been virtually consistent warring among those kingdoms and their pals. those sour feuds ultimately resulted in the cave in of Israel, leaving Judah as a surviving state till the emergence of the Babylonian Empire, the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, and the exile of the Jewish people.
Using old Jewish, Biblical, and different modern assets, this identify examines the politics, scuffling with, and outcomes of Israel's battles in this interval. concentrating on the turbulent dating among the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, this booklet explains Israel's complicated, usually bloody, overseas coverage, and gives a definitive background of those old conflicts.

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56 When Shalmaneser V spent 726 in Assyria, Hoshea apparently again became involved in rebellion and withheld his annual tribute. 57 Tyre was once again the The HB/OT's description of the fall of Israel from 2 Kings 17: 1-6 (NRSV): "In the twelfth year of King Ahaz of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel... King Shalmaneser of Assyria came up against him; Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute. But the King of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea; for he had sent messengers to King So of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the King of Assyria, as he had done year by year; therefore the King of Assyria confined him and imprisoned him.

Adad-nirari placed power in the west into the hands of field marshals who maintained a direct Assyrian military presence in the region. 780-750). Powerful field marshals disappeared from the scene by about 750, removing the strong Assyrian presence and creating a vacuum of power. Around the year 750, a new ruler named Rezin (or Radyan), who came from a provincial town outside the capital, usurped the throne in Damascus and proved that Assyria had made a mistake by not destroying Aram-Damascus in preceding years.

62 With the coast secure, Sargon moved against Samaria. Assyrian records do not describe a prolonged siege of the city. Since the other major coalition members had already been defeated, it is likely that Samaria offered little resistance. In any case, Sargon finally secured lasting provincial status for Samaria in 720. He claims to have established an Assyrian governor, classified the people as Assyrian citizens, and incorporated the remaining elements of the military into the Assyrian army.

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