The attack of the King of Assyria (2 Kings 15:29-15:29)

“In the days of King Pekah of Israel, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee, and all the land of Naphtali. He carried the people captive to Assyria.”

Wow! This is serious. That King Pul, who took money during the reign of King Menahem, wanted territory this time. This King Tiglath-pileser III captured the northern territory of Israel, including all of Naphtali plus other cities. He was the first to displace the Israelites. He took captives from these northern cities and brought them to Assyria, which today might include parts of Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Iran was more Persian. Iraq was more Babylonian. This is the beginning of the Assyrian captivity that more or less began with King Menahem.

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