ON THE COVER: “The Siege of Lachish,” an eighth century B.C. relief celebrating King Sennacherib’s victory over the Judean city of Lachish, illustrates the Biblical record of the Assyrian campaign in Judah (2 Kings 18:13ff
). In “Answers at Lachish,”
David Ussishkin discusses how some of the details in this relief from the palace at Nineveh are confirmed by the excavated remains at Lachish. This detail depicts Judean prisoners marching from Lachish to captivity in Nineveh. Two women head the procession; behind them follow two little girls, an ox cart with two children, and Assyrian soldiers. The background scale design represents the hilly landscape in the vicinity of Lachish.