Asyryjscy żołnierze…

Asyryjscy żołnierze obdzierają ze skóry obrońców Lachish, 701 rok przed naszą erą.

Usta Saurona w wersji asyryjskiej podczas oblężenia Jerozolimy. Asyryjski dostojnik podjeżdża pod mury i według inskrypcji mówi to do obrońców w ich własnym języku (hebrajski):

„Mówię to do ludzi na murach, których niebawem będą musieli jeść swoje ekskrementy i pić własny mocz. Ezechiasz nie może was ocalić i nie pozwólcie mu się przekonać, aby polegać na waszym bogu. Imperator Asyrii wam rozkazuje”

„The story of the Assyrian siege is told in the Hebrew Bible books of Isaiah, Chronicles and Second Kings. As the Assyrians began their invasion, Hezekiah began preparations to protect Jerusalem. In an effort to deprive the Assyrians of water, springs outside the city were blocked. Workers then dug a 533-meter tunnel to the Spring of Gihon, providing the city with fresh water. Additional siege preparations included fortification of the existing walls, construction of towers, and the erection of a new, reinforcing wall. Hezekiah gathered the citizens in the square and encouraged them by reminding them that the Assyrians possessed only „an arm of flesh”, but the Judeans had the protection of Yahweh.

According to Second Kings 18, while Sennacherib was besieging Lachish, he received a message from Hezekiah offering to pay tribute in exchange for Assyrian withdrawal. According to the Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah paid three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold to Assyria — a price so heavy that he was forced to empty the temple and royal treasury of silver and strip the gold from the doorposts of Solomon’s temple. Nevertheless, Sennacherib marched on Jerusalem with a large army. When the Assyrian force arrived, its field commander Rabshakeh brought a message from Sennacherib himself. In an attempt to demoralize the Judeans, the field commander announced to the people on the city walls that Hezekiah was deceiving them, and Yahweh could not deliver Jerusalem from the king of Assyria. He listed the gods of the people thus far swept away by Sennacherib then asked, „Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me?”

During the siege, Hezekiah clad himself in sackcloth out of anguish from the psychological warfare that the Assyrians were waging. The prophet Isaiah took an active part in the political life of Judah. When Jerusalem was threatened, he assured Hezekiah that the city would be delivered and Sennacherib would fall.[1] The Hebrew Bible states that during the night, an angel of Jehovah brought death to 185,000 Assyrians troops.[2] Hezekiah had shut up all water outside the city so thirst and the fatigue of a long and tiring campaign possibly could have forced the Assyrians to retreat. It is also a possibility that a disease spread throughout the camp and killed a large number of Sennacherib’s men.[3] When Sennacherib saw the destruction wreaked on his army, he withdrew to Nineveh. Jerusalem was spared destruction. ”

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