Israel Bible: Assyrian Dig Might Match Up With Book of Isaiah

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 08:10 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Israeli archeologists have discovered what remains of an Assyrian fortification, believed to have been built some 2,700 years ago, that might match up with a story from the Bible.

The wall was part of a massive structure that was constructed around a man-made Assyrian harbor, which is now located in present day Israel, NBC News reported.

"The fortifications appear to protect an artificial harbor," Tel Aviv University's Alexander Fantalkin, leader of the excavations at the Ashdod-Yam archaeological dig, said in a news release issued Monday. "If so, this would be a discovery of international significance, the first known harbor of this kind in our corner of the Levant."

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

The dig is being conducted in the coastal city of Ashdod, just 25 miles south of Tel Aviv.

At the center of the Assyrian fortification is a 12-foot wide mud-brick wall that in some places measures 15 feet high and stretches for hundreds of feet in either direction.

With its crescent shape, the 8th century B.C. fortification was designed to protect at least 17 acres from an attack, NBC News reported.

At the time the fort was in use, the entire southeastern part of the Mediterranean basin, which included Egypt and the Middle East, was under the rule of Assyrian King Sargon II.

Inscriptions discovered by the archeologists detail a Philistine king in Ashdod named Yamani who attempted to organize a revolt against the Assyrian Empire. The insurrection was swiftly put down and the ancient city was destroyed in 711 B.C.

Assyria's subsequent conquering of the region is mentioned in the Bible's Book of Isaiah.

The recently unearthed fortifications are connected to the revolt and conquest of the area, according to Israeli archeologists at Tel Aviv University. Exactly who built the structures, however, and for what purpose has yet to be definitively determined.

The massive wall could have been built by the rebels to repel an Assyrian invasion of the port city, or possibly at the behest of Assyrian overlords following the conquest, in order to ward off future incursions by area revolutionaries.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The late Israeli archaeologist Jacob Kaplan argued that the walls were constructed by the rebels in defense of the city against the invading Assyrian army, while Fantalkin, based on his excavations of the site, felt it was too monumental of a project to be constructed in a rushed manner by rebels.

"An amazing amount of time and energy was invested in building the wall and glacis [embankments]," Fantalkin said in the press release, NBC News reported.

Related stories:

King David's Palace Found, Says Israeli Team

Israel's Locust Invasion from Egypt Comes Weeks before Passover

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Mall of Georgia Flash Mob Wedding Takes Bride by Surprise (Video)

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 17:39 PM

A bride planning to take photos was surprised at the Mall of Georgia with a flash mob and a wedding, all arranged by her . . .

Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman: Ireland Court Rules Life Support Can End

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:53 PM

A pregnant woman in Ireland who is brain-dead will be taken off of life support after a court ruled that her 18-week-old . . .

Dustin Diamond Arrested for 'Reckless' Behavior in Bar Stabbing

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:13 PM

Actor Dustin Diamond - known as Screech on "Saved by the Bell" - was arrested in Wisconsin on Friday morning, charged wi . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved