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A Staggering Archaelogical Discovery: The Mighty Assyrian Empire Emerges From the Dust

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time is the unearthing of the ancient Assyrian Empire. Did the biblical stories involving this empire really happen, or are they fables?

Ranked among the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time is the unearthing of the ancient Assyrian Empire.

Assyria first appeared as an empire early in the second millennium B.C. The remains of a ziggurat, or temple tower, from that era still stand near the site of its ancient capital.

In the ninth century B.C., Assyria developed into an aggressive and powerful empire. By this time, about 40 years after the reign of Solomon, Israel had split into two distinct kingdoms-Israel and Judah (1 Kings 12:16-24). Led by able and ruthless monarchs, the Assyrians began to menace and conquer their neighbors. They eventually subjugated the whole of the Fertile Crescent from Mesopotamia to Egypt. By the late eighth century they crushed the kingdom of Israel.

About this same time they also invaded the southern kingdom of Judah, conquering its major cities and besieging its capital, Jerusalem (Isaiah 36:1-2). The Bible records the boastful words of the arrogant Assyrian monarch, Sennacherib, as he tried to intimidate and humiliate Hezekiah, king of Judah (Isaiah 36:4-10).

Did the biblical stories involving this empire really happen, or are they fables? Remember, many scoffers at one time disputed even the very existence of the Assyrian Empire. But it was no myth. As the debris of centuries was removed from Nineveh, one of the empire's capitals, dramatic proof of the Assyrian invasion was laid bare.

Read the full article at www.ucg.org/booklet/bible-true/bible-and-archaeology/staggering-archaelogical-discovery-mighty-assyrian-empire-e


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