The officials meet in Jerusalem (Is 36:2-36:3)

“The king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh

With a great army,

From Lachish

To King Hezekiah at Jerusalem.

He stood by the conduit of the upper pool,

On the highway to Fuller’s Field.

There came out to them Eliakim,

Son of Hilkiah,

Who was in charge of the palace,

Shebnah the secretary,

With Joah son of Asaph,

The recorder.”

This is a lot like 2 Kings, chapter 18, except that there is no mention of the Tartan General Rabsaris here.   The king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh, who was his chief steward or cup bearer, from Lachish to Jerusalem with a big army. King Hezekiah sent out the man in charge of his palace, Eliakim, his secretary, Shebnah, and his recorder, Joah. They met at the upper pool near Fuller’s Field. This Fuller’s Field on the northwest side of Jerusalem must have been well known. A “fuller” is someone who works with cloth to get it the right color. Thus near a pool sounds about right. The names Eliakim and Joah refer to 4 other people in biblical literature, other than these two men. However, the name Shebnah only appears in this story.

The officials meet in Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:17-18:18)

“The king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to Fuller’s Field. When they called for the king, there came out to them Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebnah the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder.”

The king of Assyria sent his top 3 officials from Lachish to Jerusalem. They wanted to speak with the king. Instead King Hezekiah sent out the man in charge of the palace, his secretary, and recorder. Tartan was an Assyrian general. Rabsaris was an Assyrian official, while Rabshakeh was the cup bearer of the king. Fuller’s Field must have been well known since it was probably on the northwest side of Jerusalem. A “fuller” is someone who works with cloth to get it the right color so that near a pool sounds about right. The name Eliakim and Joah refers to 4 other people in biblical literature other than these two men. However, the name Shebnah only appears here.