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4. Sennacherib’s Campaign to Judah: The Archaeological Perspective with an Emphasis on Lachish and Jerusalem

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Tel Lachish and Jerusalem were the most important cities which were militarily challenged by Sennacherib during his campaign to Judah. The events that transpired in these cities are documented in the historical chronicles, and their material remains have systematically been studied by archaeologists. In the case of both cities, an analysis of the archaeological data helps in interpreting the written sources and in understanding better the events of 701 B.C.E. For both Lachish and Jerusalem, this chapter briefly reviews the topography of the city, the settlement of the time, the Judahite government center and the fortifications as well as the pattern of the Assyrian military challenge, all helping to elucidate the nature of the events in each city and the Assyrian strategic intentions.

Keywords: Assyrian army; Jerusalem; Judah; Sennacherib; southern Israel; Tel Lachish



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