This volume focuses very specifically on Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah in 701 BCE. With information from a variety of sources—archaeological, biblical, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Greek—Sennacherib’s campaign should serve as a useful case study to investigate the question of historicity. The contributors to this volume examine the problem from a variety of points of view, with vigorous discussion about the correct way to evaluate the biblical text. The volume should make an important contribution to the ongoing debate about how to write the history of ancient Israel.
Lester L. Grabbe is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull.