What Happened to the Magnificent Assyrian Army

What Happened to the Magnificent Assyrian Army

Was there an Assyrian siege on Jerusalem in 701 B.C.E.? The Holy Scripture, in II Kings 19, tells the story of King Sennacherib and his mighty Assyrian army laying siege on Jerusalem that ended in their death. This account has intrigued some members of the Christian world for generations, and its physical proof or disproof has eluded and baffled archeologists for many decades. The Sennacherib Prism was discovered in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire, in 1830. It records the Annals of Sennacherib and indicates that Jerusalem was approached but never destroyed because King Hezekiah surrendered. The prism also tells of countless towns and villages conquered and plundered by King Sennacherib, taking 200,150 into captivity. It is interesting to note that the Assyrian record differs from other accounts of the event while the Old Testament account is corroborated by the historians Herodotus (Greek), Berosus (Chaldean) and Josephus (Jewish). However, none are independent witnesses. In 1838 Edward Robinson discovered the tunnel of Hezekiah. This tunnel was built to supply water to the city of Jerusalem. In the 1970s, Nahman Arigad uncovered a massive, defensive city wall. Scientific evidence dates both the tunnel and wall back to the 8th century B.C.E., leaving little doubt the people of Jerusalem expected a siege on their city. Had it not been for those two major finds supporting the siege idea, perhaps archeologists would not have been so enthusiastic about finding more proof. In 1976, five arrowheads were found by archeologists near Jerusalem. Three were identified as Assyrian, one was Hebrew, but the fifth proved to be a puzzle. It was not Assyrian, Hebrew, or any other neighboring culture. Assyrian weapons were made of iron, but this arrowhead was made of copper and appeared primitive. Still, the whole group lay buried within the same timeline of around 700 B.C.E. What was its origin? This leaves us with plenty evidence of a siege but no real answer as to what happened. Which account is correct? Do we believe the Sennacherib Prism account or what is told in II Kings 19? Discover the thrilling story as it is told in The Black Angel of the...

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Tim’s Gift of Time and Skill

Tim’s Gift of Time and Skill

“What? You’ll be at the festival this weekend and you have no website?” Tim seemed a bit alarmed on our behalf. I said, “No website and no FB page for the book. Plus, what I know about FB could fit in one brain cell.” We were talking on the phone and Tim said, “Meet me at Big Apple Bagel tomorrow and we’ll set up a site.” Norman and I met him at the bagel place and Tim spent four and a half hours with us, setting up a webpage, teaching as much as we could absorb. We still have more to learn so we can maintain the site ourselves, but, as you can see, we are posting on our blog, sharing thoughts and some back story of our book. Tim Burns, we thank...

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CCFFW – 5 Stars

CCFFW – 5 Stars

These days, my Medicare miles, I get a ripple of delight when a first happens. It happens when someone uses a word I have never heard, or when I see a flower or a bird for the first time. I accept these firsts as reminders that life keeps going until death arrives, so I keep living it. And we lived it splendidly last week Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing. It was an imposing three days for us, filled with readers, writers, publishers, agents and many others, all lovers of words and books! Norman had never been in such an environment and I had attended only one small writers’ conference. Being new authors and sickeningly thrilled with our newly released book, The Black Angel of the Lord, we spoke to almost all who crossed our paths. We even waylaid a few of our favorite presenters to relay how much we enjoyed their sessions. Tracy, I apologize if you missed your friend due to my exuberant interruption. What can I say? The festival ignited us. The two lovely women in this photograph hold a copy of The Black Angel of the Lord between them. They each bought our book and to them and all who read our blogs or view our website, “Thank you!” We are happy to share the story of Ramtouse s, Holofernes and Judith with...

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Book Trailer

Book Trailer

So, we wrote a book, found a publisher, and then we were told it would be a great idea to make a video. For us, that meant a couple video shoots with producers Sherry and Dirk (sherrydirk.com) followed by a “voice over” session a few days later. The hard work was theirs – they had to put it all together. Check out this Book Trailer for our new book, The Black Angel of the Lord....

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Exploding Asteroid

Exploding Asteroid

The region known as the Sahara Desert was once fertile land and occupied by many people. Gradually their crops became weaker. The rains came less often. Over time their problems grew into a long-term drought. Unknown to them the earth’s changing weather patterns were responsible. These people were highly superstious. They assumed evil spirits were to blame, and the concept of evil beings know as the Ell was born. The Ell became the culprits for all their troubles. Today we have an abundance of physical evidence supporting two theorys for the weather changes. One is the Earth’s movement on its axis, causing slight changes annually in weather patterns around the globe. The other deals with an asteroid explosion that could have affected world climate. Learned facts uphold these speculations. First, a clay disc called the Sumerian Planisphere was discovered by Victorian archaeologist Henry Layard in the ruins of the library of the ancient Royal Palace at Nineveh. It displays a recorded history of star locations in the night sky, showing the path of an object believed to be an asteroid headed in the direction of Europe. With computer aided models of the night sky, astronomers dated the evidence to the year 3123 B.C.E. Second, studies made by Ohio University Professor Lonnie G. Thompson, using a seasonal dating process, provide proof of an asteroid event. He found a line of asteroid material that dates back five-thousand-two-hundred years ago in ice cores taken from various sites around the world. The correct explanation for the African drought could be the asteroid but the earth’s tilt on its axis is the most likely since the desert continues to grow. The desert expansion would very likely be receding over such a long period of time if it was caused by the asteroid. Nevertheless, it remains a mystery which theory is correct but, either way, while writing The Black Angel of the Lord it was the impact of climate changes and the drought upon the people in North Africa that concerns us more than the explanation for...

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