By Brad Kelle
Advanced and volatile, in 922 BC the dominion of historic Israel was once divided into Judah, within the South, and Israel, within the North. For the subsequent two hundred years, there has been nearly consistent warring among those kingdoms and their pals. those sour feuds ultimately resulted in the cave in of Israel, leaving Judah as a surviving kingdom until eventually the emergence of the Babylonian Empire, the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, and the exile of the Jewish people.
Using historical Jewish, Biblical, and different modern assets, this name examines the politics, struggling with, and effects of Israel's battles in this interval. concentrating on the turbulent courting among the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, this e-book explains Israel's complicated, usually bloody, overseas coverage, and offers a definitive heritage of those historic conflicts.
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Extra resources for Ancient Israel at War 853–586 BC
While Israelite forces were defending Ramoth-gilead against Aram-Damascus in 841, Shalmaneser led the Assyrian army back to the west for a fifth time. This time, however, he did not meet the old coalition but only Hazael of Damascus. 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.
They place the total of slain coalition troops at varying numbers between 14,000 and 29,000, and Shalmaneser describes piling up enough corpses to stop up the Orontes River and form a bridge across it: I decisively defeated them from the city of Qarqar to the city of Gilzau. I felled with the sword 14,000 troops, their fighting men... I spread out their corpses (and) I filled the plain. [I felled] with the sword their extensive troops. I made their blood flow ... The field was too small for laying flat their bodies ...
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. He also deported over 27,000 people and resettled foreigners into the area: I besieged and conquered Samarina. I took as booty 27,290 people who lived there. I gathered 50 chariots from them... I set my eunuch over them, and I imposed upon them the [same] tribute as the previous king [Le.