Who was Sennacherib?
King of Assyria – “Might makes right…at least for a while” Short lived empire (less than 100 years) They were brutal. They’d stick people on spikes and let the point work it’s way up to their heart.
BTW – History shows us administration is the key to lasting empires. Rome could be defeated time and time again, but they’d always have another army and could move it quickly along their roads. Assyria was just brutal. They ended the northern kingdom and were looking to end the southern kingdom as well.
Taylor Prism – Sennacherib account http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sennacherib
conquered 46 fortified cities…Hezekiah himself I shut up in Jerusalem, his capital city, like a bird in a cage, building towers round the city to hem him in, and raising banks of earth against the gates, so as to prevent escape… Then upon Hezekiah there fell the fear of the power of my arms, and he sent out to me the chiefs and the elders of Jerusalem with 30 talents of gold and 300 talents of silver, and diverse treasures, a rich and immense booty… All these things were brought to me at Nineveh, the seat of my government.
Now 2 Kings tells us about the 30 talents of gold and 300 talents of silver, but it’s clear after that Sennacherib attacked Jerusalem. BTW…we don’t have any Assyrian account of them ever being defeated. It’s only the Bible that tells failures along with victories.
Listen to the challenge the Assyrians made Hezekiah…
2 Chronicles 32:9-19