The Kings of Israel and Judah

The Kings of Israel and Judah

Author: George Rawlinson

Format: Paperback

Pages: 88 pages

ISBN: 9781230212128

Published: September 12th 2013

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter xxviii. hoshea. Accession of Hoshea in Israel--His difficulties--Tiglath-Pileser succeeded by Shalmaneser--Troubles in Assyria--Phoenicia revolts--Hoshea allies himself with So (Sabaco), king of Egypt--Shalmaneser invades Israel--Arrest of Hoshea--Massacre of Beth-Arbel--Siege of Samaria--Capture and treatment--Duration of the kingdom of Israel. W1th Hoshea's reign the closing scene of the southern kingdom opens upon us. He is not greatly responsible for his country's ruin, since the predisposing causes had long been at work, and nothing less than extraordinary ability, joined with extraordinary good fortune, could have warded off the evil day for any considerable period. Hoshea himself occupied the ambiguous position of subject-monarch, half dependent, half independent. He had no natural claim to the crown, but, like so many of the later kings, was a mere usurper. Difficulties would be sure to beset him on all sides, and only very consummate skill and prudence could have steered him safely through them. He was less positively irreligious than his predecessors (2 Kings xvii. 2), but still is stated to have "done evil in the sight of the Lord," by which we may gather that he, at any rate, maintained the calf-worship, if he did not also encourage foreign idolatries. But he was so far a patriotic Israelite that his subjugation galled him, and from a very early date in his reign he began to cast about for a means of escaping from it. Tiglath-Pileser, the great conqueror, who had resuscitated the Assyrian power so wonderfully in the space of seventeen years, ' died very soon after he had established Hoshea upon the Samaritan throne; and on his death, as so usually happened in Assyria, his empire was shaken to its centre. Revolts broke...