Azekah Inscription

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Azekah Inscription
K6205 Rawlinson and Smith Azekah Inscription.jpg
The text of the first fragment discovered (K.6205), published in in Rawlinson's editio princeps
Material Clay
Writing Akkadian cuneiform
Created c.700 BC
Discovered Mid 19th century. Combined identification in [1903]
Present location British Museum
Identification K.6205 + BM 82-3-23,131

The Azekah Inscription, is a tablet inscription of the reign of Sennacherib (reigned 705 to 681 BC) discovered in the mid-nineteenth century in the Library of Ashurbanipal. It was identified as a single tablet by Nadav Na'aman in 1974.

It describes an Assyrian campaign by Sennacherib against Hezekiah, King of Judah, including the conquest of Azekah.


(3) […Ashur, my lord, encourage]ed me and against the land of Ju[dah I marched. In] the course of my campaign, the tribute of the ki[ngs of Philistia? I received… (4) […with the mig]ht of Ashur, my lord, the province of [Hezek]iah of Judah like [… (5) […] the city of Azekah, his stronghold, which is between my [bo]rder and the land of Judah [… (6) [like the nest of the eagle? ] located on a mountain ridge, like pointed iron daggers without number reaching high to heaven [… (7) [Its walls] were strong and ricaled the highest mountains, to the (mere) sight, as if from the sky [appears its head? … (8) [by means of beaten (earth) ra]mps, mighty? Battering rams brought near, the work of […], with the attack by foot soldiers, [my] wa[rriors… (9) […] they had seen [the approach of my cav]alry and they had heard the roar of the mighty troops of the god Ashur and [their] he[arts] became afraid [… (10) [The city Azekah I besieged,] I captured, I carried off its spoil, I destroyed, I devastated, [I burned with fire…[2]

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