This past week I have been listening to the History books of the Old Testament.
I really like this relief of Tiglath-pilesar III, also know as Pul, who was the King of Assyria during the reign of Menahem and Pekah of the Northern Kingdom and Azariah and Ahaz of Judah.
Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power. (II Kings 15:19, ESV)
To me it looks like he is wearing a watch.
As I mentioned above Pul reigned in Assyria at the same time as Menahem and Pekah of the Northern Kingdom. After defeating Israel, and King Pekah, he deported the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh and set up Hoshea as king.
One of the cities that Pul defeated in Israel was Abel Beth-Maacah which I have been to several times. On one of my visits we climbed to the very top of the tel. There is a great view from the top.
Do you know what else happened at Abel Beth-Maacah?
Before my mind wanders again I will get this little bit of history posted.