Ancient Israel at War 853-586 BC (Essential Histories) by Brad Kelle

By Brad Kelle

Advanced and volatile, in 922 BC the dominion of historic Israel used to be divided into Judah, within the South, and Israel, within the North. For the subsequent 2 hundred years, there has been nearly consistent warring among those kingdoms and their acquaintances. those sour feuds finally resulted in the cave in of Israel, leaving Judah as a surviving state until eventually the emergence of the Babylonian Empire, the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, and the exile of the Jewish people.Using historic Jewish, Biblical, and different modern resources, this identify examines the politics, scuffling with, and effects of Israel's battles in this interval. concentrating on the turbulent dating among the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, this e-book explains Israel's complicated, usually bloody, international coverage, and gives a definitive heritage of those old conflicts.

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That one [Le. Rezin], in order to save his life, fled alone; and he entered the gate of his city [like] a mongoose. I impaled alive his chief ministers; and I made his country behold [them]. I set up my camp around the city for 45 days; and I confined him like a bird in a cage... I destroyed 591 cities of 16 districts of Damascus like mounds of ruins after the Deluge. 53 Rezin was eventually executed and Syrian territory was annexed as a province. Although Tiglath-pileser claims to have deported some Israelites, he specifically states that he never attacked Samaria: "[A]ll [of whose] cities I leveled ...

And he [Elisha] said, 'Thus says the LORD, I will make this wadi full ofpools'... The next day, about the time of the morning offering, suddenly water began to flow from the direction of Edam, until the country was filled with water. 38 Although the army succeeded in destroying some cities in southern Moab, they were unable to conquer Kir-hareseth or press on to Dibon, the capital. The biblical account attributes the Israelite defeat to King Mesha's sacrifice of his son on the city wall. Even with a weakened Israel, in the 840s the coalition as a whole was successful in turning back the Assyrian army at the Orontes River on all three occasions when they advanced to that point.

With no coalition to check its advance at the Orontes, the Assyrian army probably marched through the Beqa' valley to Damascus. Hazael withdrew from Ramoth-gilead and made his stand at a peak near Mount Lebanon. Assyrian texts claim the defeat of 16,000 Aramean soldiers, 1,121 chariots, and 470 cavalry. The Assyrians pushed Hazael back to the capital city of Damascus but chose not to place the city under siege, a choice that would have long-lasting consequences for the west. Shalmaneser's army devastated the surrounding lands, cities, and villages and proceeded to a mountain on the Mediterranean coast in the vicinity of Tyre.

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