Hezekiah and the Assyrian Spies: Reconstruction of the Neo-Assyrian Intelligence Services and its Significance for 2 Kings 18-19
Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2006 pp. xviii + 308. €30.00
Biblica et orientalia, 49
Description: Among the well-preserved ancient archives in Niniveh and Nimrud
there are many cuneiform tablets which reveal the existence of
secret service networks used by the Assyrian court to communicate
with provincial officials during the 8th and the 7th century B.C..
Using this vast material the author shows in great detail how the
Assyrians collected, transmitted, and double-checked sensitive
information. This study also includes an in-depth analysis of the activities of the Assyrian espionage involved in Sennacherib’s
invasion of Judah described in 2 Kgs 18-19. This fascinating book
casts new light on the political situation and intrigues reflected
in the biblical passage.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Literature
Review by Aren M. Maeir
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of Peter Dubovský, Hezekiah and the Assyrian Spies: Reconstruction of the Neo-Assyrian Intelligence Services and its Significance for 2 Kings 18-19, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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