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    Clues of bloody Biblical battle between angel of God and 185K invading soldiers uncovered in Jerusalem: new research

    By Hannah Sparks,


    A newly discovered archaeological site may provide evidence of Biblical truth.

    Researchers in Jerusalem have uncovered an ancient military base that may provide clues of a battle ground for God’s army against Assyrian soldiers who came to conquer the Holy Land around 2,700 years ago, per a Sunday report in the Daily Mail .

    As the Bible story goes, an angel of the Lord is said to have descended on the invading troops and killed 185,000 soldiers in a night.
    This stone carved relief depicts an attack on Lachish during Sennacherib’s campaign of 701 BC. Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    The Assyrian Empire reigned from 1,365 to 609 BC, led by King Sennacherib’s campaign to control all routes across the Syrian Desert that led to the Mediterranean Sea.

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    A previously known carving on the stone walls of Sennacherib’s palace depicts the conquest of Lachish, a city 42 miles south of Jerusalem, including an illustration of a military base floor plan.

    With this ancient engraving, archaeologist Stephen Compton was able to cross-reference aerial photos of the alleged area — part of a hisotric taken site in Israel called Ammunition Hill — in 1910 to discover the maps matched up.
    The Bible tells the story of an angel sent by God to smite Assyrian soldiers as they slept to prevent a siege on Jerusalem. Getty Images

    “This appears to be the site of Sennacherib’s camp from the siege of Jerusalem, which was featured in the three books of the Bible,” Comtpon wrote in a June 4 press release .

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    The drawings pointed to ruins of a perimeter wall and buried pottery shards revealed to be at least roughly 2,600 years old, according to Copton’s analysis. The site is now believed to have been abandoned after Sennacherib’s invasion.

    Researchers hope to use similar methods to uncover similar military bases and other ancient cities destroyed by the Assyrian Empire.
    The memorial site now known as Ammunition Hill was left undisturbed after the Assyrian army’s retreat until 1930. Corbis via Getty Images
    An aerial view of Jerusalem circa 1910. Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images


    “In some cases, it has also been possible to use the newly discovered camps to locate the sites of ancient cities that were known to have been besieged by the Assyrians but whose locations were unknown or uncertain,” Compton said.

    And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses

    2 Kings, 19:35

    Three Bliblical scriptures tell the story of God’s victory over the Assyrians in Jerusalem: Isaiah, 37:36-38; 2 Kings, 19:35; and 2 Chronicles, 32:21.
    The ancient Assyrian military base was discovered on Ammunition Hill, a memorial war site in Jerusalem. NurPhoto via Getty Images

    The story tells that Jerusalem’s ruler Hezekiah prayed to the Israelite deity Yahweh — understood as God among Christians — for protection and was sent an angel to ambush soldiers as they slept.

    Other retellings of the attack cite a plague for the massacre of the Assyrian camp, while a version from Greek scripture describes an invasion of mice that chewed through the soldiers’ weaponry.

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