Erich Lessing

“Then Pul king of Assyria invaded the land” (2 Kings 15:19). Referred to in the Bible by the names Pul and Tiglath-pileser III, the Assyrian ruler shown on this slab, recovered from his palace at Nimrud, led three campaigns into Syria and Palestine, in 734, 733 and 732 B.C. He left in his wake many ruined settlements in northern Israel, among them Megiddo. Archaeologists can confidently date the destruction of Megiddo to the late eighth century B.C., but the precise chronology of Israel going back to the ninth, tenth and eleventh centuries B.C. is a central debate among archaeologists today.