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Photographs from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib 701 BC - (25 of 44)

In this inscription, King Sennacherib of Assyria boasts of several military campaigns, among these the war against Judah: "And Hezekiah, King of Judah, who did not submit to my yoke, I laid siege to 46 of his strong cities, walled forts, and to the countless small villages in their vicinity . . . I besieged them and conquered them."

He describes the booty he seized and the numbers of captives he took - more than 200,000. Of the siege on King Hezekiah in Jerusalem he writes, "I made him a prisoner, like a bird in a cage." Though Jerusalem was not destroyed, Hezekiah was forced to resume paying heavy tribute to Assyria.

This is known as the Jerusalem Prism. It has similar content to the Taylor Prism in the British Museum.