Old Testament

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Was that the end of the Assyrians?

No. There continued to be antagonism between them and the Israelites. Around 722 B.C.E., when Hoshea was king of the northern kingdom of Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria conquered Israel. He scattered the Israelites throughout his empire. This policy for handling prisoners of war shattered the captives’ sense of national unity, thereby decreasing the likelihood they would rebel. This became known as the Assyrian Captivity, the less well known, but no less significant, counterpart of the Babylonian Captivity.


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