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1. Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem—Story, History and Historiography: An Introduction

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts covered in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book points out the place of Sennacherib's campaign in the Chronicler's account of Hezekiah as a whole, and scrutinizes the story of Assyrian invasion as it is presented by the Chronicler in comparison to the earlier "biblical" sources. It highlights the Chronicler's particular historiographical methods, his essential ideological-theological purposes, and his ultimate accomplishments. Then, the book addresses the issue of the sources in his "Cross-examining the Assyrian Witnesses to Sennacherib's Third Campaign: Assessing the Limits of Historical Reconstruction". It further discusses the archaeological excavations in Lachish, the different challenges presented by the ground at Jerusalem, and the question of the Assyrian camp.

Keywords: Assyrian siege; Jerusalem; Sennacherib's campaign



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