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Who was Sennacherib? (2 Chronicles 32:1)

2 Chronicles 32-33 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Sennacherib’s Invasion

2 Chron 32:1 "After these faithful deeds, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities and intended [Lit 'said to himself'] to break into them."

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Sennacherib was a ruler of the ancient kingdom of Assyria (located in the modern-day regions of northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, with its capital at Nineveh). He succeeded his father Sargon II on the Assyrian throne in 705 BC, and reigned until 681 BC, when he was murdered by two of his own sons (Adrammelech and Sharezer), and followed to the throne by his youngest son (Esarhaddon), who reigned until 669 BC.

His main involvement with the history of Israel (as recounted in 2 Kings 18-19) arose from his invasion of the southern kingdom of Judah (after his father Sargon II had earlier conquered and dispersed the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel in 721 BC (2 Kings 17)).

Judah and Jerusalem initially gave tribute to Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:14-16) in exchange for his withdrawal, but Sennacherib later invaded again and once more besieged Jerusalem. At that time, the Bible indicates (2 Kings 19:35-36) that God's angel slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers, leading to Sennacherib's final abandonment of his planned conquest.

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