Israelite embassies to Assyria in the first half of the eighth century

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Abstract

This article shows that the kingdom of Israel sent ambassadors on an annual basis to the Assyrian empire during much of the reign of Jeroboam II, and it explores the implications of these contacts for the interpretation of Isaiah 1-39 and Hosea. These diplomatic contacts are based on points Fales has raised regarding nimrud Wine List 4 (nD 6212), whose importance for biblical studies has hitherto not been recognized. The recipients of the wine rations in this list are to be identified as ambassadors of weaker kingdoms, among them Samaria, who visited Assyria to pay tribute.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-198
Number of pages24
JournalBiblica
Volume97
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016

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