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7. The Road to Judah: 701 b.c.e. in the Context of Sennacherib’s Political-Military Strategy

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This chapter gives an overview of the set of historical circumstances, which led Sennacherib "on the road to Judah", and which may have caused him to take specific decisions after he arrived there. The collection of essays in which it is kindly housed is the latest of numerous others on the same theme; there can thus be no doubt that the campaign of 701 B.C.E, with its background and its specific outcomes, continues to represent fertile terrain for scholarly discussion, by Assyriologists, Biblicists, historians of Ancient Near Eastern religion and ideology, specialists on figurative culture, and archaeologists alike. The chapter views a basic continuity with Sargon's political guidelines by Sennacherib, though he may have attempted to placate his personal unease about this as well as that of his scribal/divinatory entourage. Sennacherib's early campaigns aimed at restoring the status quo of Assyrian control, whether direct or indirect, in the relevant areas.

Keywords: Assyrian control; Judah; Sargon's political guidelines; Sennacherib



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