Sennacherib's campaign against Judah: A source analysis of Isaiah 36-37

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The campaign of Sennacherib against Judah is one of the most widely researched in biblical studies and Ancient Near East studies, and one that also poses scholarly challenges. Allusion to the event is found in Isaiah, Kings, and Chronicles, but there is no correlation between the Assyrian and biblical descriptions of the same event. Dan'el Kahn offers a text-critical analysis of these biblical passages that allude to the military events. Detecting repetitions, breaks in the narrative, and contradictions and inconsistencies in the texts, he traces and reconstructs different and discrete sources. Kahn demonstrates that the biblical passages are based on earlier sources that were later edited and revised by a third hand. Based on historical events that are found in non-biblical texts, he also offers new dates for the sources. He claims that the narrative was written for the book of Isaiah, arguing that it predates the version found in Kings. Examines the military campaigns of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, against Babylon and Judah. Contributes to text-critical scholarship through the close analysis of passages in Kings, Chronicles and Isaiah that allude to the military events. Contextualises these three texts with historical events found in non-biblical texts, to argue for a re-examination of their timeline.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages342
ISBN (Electronic)9781108856416
ISBN (Print)9781108495943, 9781108856416
StatePublished - 27 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameThe Society for Old Testament Study Monograph Series

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Cambridge University Press 2020. All rights reserved.


  • Sennacherib -- King of Assyria -- -681 B.C
  • סנחריב (מלך אשור)
  • Hezekiah -- King of Judah
  • חזקיה בן אחז -- מלך יהודה
  • Bible -- Isaiah, XXXVI-XXXIX -- Criticism, Textual
  • Bible -- Kings, 2nd, XVIII-XX -- Criticism, Textual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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