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Old 09-15-2017, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 303Guy View Post
Makes sense and would answer several questions.

The Hyksos, having had dealings with Babylonians/Assyrians could well be expected to have had chariots, I should think.

The ark of the covenant would support the premise that the Israelites were indeed in Egypt since the concept of the ark is Egyptian (although it has been suggested that it is Assyrian).
The origins of the chariot are a bit murky (I once did a study on chariots and their evolution, spread and demise) but it seems to have evolved in the northern middle east, perhaps from the 4 -wheeled war -wagons of Sumer. I have a suspicion that the use of the ponies of the Steppes were an improvement on the Sumerian Onager, and the faster two -wheeled vehicle developed.

In any case, the Egyptians were unaware of it until the Canaanites used them against the Egyptian army. By the time of Assyria of course, the saddle had been invented and so soldiers could ride horses and cavalry replaced the more clumsy and very expensive chariot except as a ceremonial vehicle.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by FredNotBob View Post



Volcanic eruption.

Of course, the Black Death qualifies under 'plague', but let's look at the numbers:

(emphasis added)

There are plenty of natural ways for 185,000 people to die in one night.
You certainly have this one right.

What Sirius could do all in one night.

For the damnation of the Egyptian Nile.
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Old Today, 07:55 AM
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Default Assyrians at Jerusalem 795 BC

I disagree FrednotBob, Sennacherib did not abandon his siege of Jerusalem because of Isaiah’s prophecy; he relished the idea of destroying and mocking other gods. Instead, he left because 185,000 of his soldiers were killed the night before they were to begin their attack. They were killed by the angel of the Lord in the night! Dead bodies remained! The question is who/what is “the angel of the Lord” who did this and how? Was it the same “destroying angel” that came on the first Passover to free the Hebrews from their bondage? Plague is often associated with the angel or at least the action the angel takes to bring about the Lord’s command. See 2 Sam. 24:15. It seems fair to believe the cause of 185,000 in one night was a devastating plague.
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Old Today, 08:08 AM
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This is going to take forever before it gets into the History books instead of the Biblical version. The Army of Sennacherib do NOT appear to have been smitten by anything more serious that possible camp diseases that persuaded the Assyrian to accept Hezekiah's offer of submission and tribute. The King announced that he marched away with the army conveying the tribute.

The OT has a number of supposedly historical events which range from wrong prophecies (Tyre and Babylon) to very doubtful events such as Exodus and the conquest. Given that Sennacherib had a propaganda aspect to what HE claimed happened, it seems to give the lie to the Biblical account.
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