The Rescue of Jerusalem

The Rescue of Jerusalem

The Alliance Between Hebrews and Africans in 701 BC

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
At the turn of the eighth century B.C., a mighty Assyrian army entered Judah and fought its way to the very gates of Jerusalem, poised, the prophet Isaiah warned, to "smash the city as easily as someone hurling a clay pot against the wall." But the assault never came; instead, the Assyrian army turned and fled, an event that has been called the Deliverance of Jerusalem. Whereas biblical accounts attribute the Assyrian retreat to divine intervention, journalist Henry Aubin offers an explanation that is miraculous in its own light: the siege was broken by the arrival of an army from Kushite Egypt--an army, that is, made up of black Africans. These Kushites figured in historical texts, Aubin continues, until the late 19th century, when racist scholars expunged them from the record--a process that, Aubin observes, coincided with the European conquest and colonization of Africa. The Kushite intervention assured the survival of the Hebrew people, Aubin asserts, and it deserves to be acknowledged anew. Well-written and carefully developed, Aubin's argument will doubtless excite discussion.

Baker & Taylor
A tribute to the Kushite army that saved Jerusalem from Assyrian invaders in 701 B.C. notes the contributions of Shebitku, the Egyptian pharaoh who worked to save the Hebrew capital, and considers how history would have changed had Jerusalem fallen. 15,000 first printing.

Book News
In the year 701 B.C., an African army from the kingdom of Kush marched to the aid of the Hebrew kingdom under attack from the Assyrians. Journalist Aubin examines the history of the ensuing battle as well as its subsequent historical treatment in the West. He argues that the ignorance regarding the battle is relatively recent and is rooted in racist and colonialist assumptions about the antagonism of Africans to the Hebrews and the denial of the existence of a powerful Black civilization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The bible as history: how africans preserved monotheism. In the summer of 701 B.C. Jerusalem faced a siege from Assyrian forces that had razed countless walled cities, pillaging and looting them, dispersing the defeated populations to distant places, and torturing the leaders to death. Had the city perished, the small and fragile Hebrew society would have been severely damaged and the world denied its seminal influence. Judaism's principal offshoots, Christianity and Islam, would not have arisen. Only one monarch responded to Jerusalem's plea for help -- Shebitku, the Kushite who ruled Egypt as pharaoh of the twenty-fifth dynasty. He dispatched an army of Kushites, black Africans of the sub-Sahara, to challenge the invaders and save the Hebrew capital.

Blackwell North Amer
The Rescue of Jerusalem is a history, a political analysis of the ancient world, and an indictment of those who bent the historical record to accommodate their own biases and geopolitical ambitions.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2002
ISBN: 9781569472750
Branch Call Number: 933 AUB
Characteristics: xxiii, 421 p. : ill. maps ; 21 cm


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