In the Name of God
A clear example of the religious aspect of the wars of 1760 b.c.--and deliberate choice of targets--is found in the Hebrew Bible, 2 Kings 18-19, in which the siege of Jerusalem by the army of the Assyrian king Sennacherib is described. Having surrounded and cut off the city, the Assyrian commander engaged in psychological warfare in order to get the city’s defenders to surrender. Speaking in Hebrew so all on the city’s walls could understand, he shouted the words of the king of Assyria: “Has any of the gods of the nations ever rescued their lands from the hand of the king of Ashur? Where...