BASONOVA Lecture: Why Did Kush Defend Judah in 701 BC?

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On Sunday, January 5, 2014, the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) will host the lecture “Why Did Kush Defend Judah in 701 BC?” by Dr. Jeremy Pope, assistant professor of history at the College of William & Mary.

Second Kings and Isaiah report the siege of Jerusalem by Assyrian king Sennacherib is suddenly interrupted by a report that “Tirhakah, the king of Kush, is come forth to make war with thee.” Cuneiform inscriptions commissioned by the Assyrian king confirm that his attack on Judah was challenged by Egyptian armies under the command of the Kushite king. Professor Pope will discuss what neither the Biblical accounts nor the Assyrian inscriptions do: why Tirhakah chose to intervene in defense of Judah at the behest of King Hezekiah.

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Lunch at 2:00 PM, Lecture at 3:00 PM

For more Washington, D.C.-area lectures, visit the BASONOVA and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) websites.

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  • Mohamad says

    was this event recorded?

  • nigel says

    Because the Kushite king was also Pharaoh and he was dealing with the Assyrian threat to Egypt at a distant obscure town called Jerusalem rather than closer to home, a bit like the USA in Vietnam. what is the mystery?

  • Scott says

    It may have been that Tirhakah challenged Assyria over this, seeing it as getting uncomfortably close to Egypt. But it could have also been an exaggeration or even a gross distortion or outright lie, if Assyria fell as described in the Bible. Sennacherib was killed by 2 of his sons, was he not? So they clearly saw dad as having made a major blunder, for which we have been left no explanation. When things go quiet, that is when academic radar should go on high alert. Something fishy went on and all accounts need to be views with a lot of suspicion. It sure would be nice if we would have had more facts. But no one is about to admit they were fouled up by a foreign “God.”

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