|Discovered||Mid 19th century. Combined identification in |
|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.
(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…
- The Inscription tablet in the British Museum
- Winckler suggested was not Judah but "Yadiya" (Sam'al)