Punishing a dead villain: The Biblical Accounts on the Murder of Sennacherib

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Abstract

According to 2Kgs 19:37/Is 37:38, Sennacherib, king of Assyria was murdered by two of his sons: Adrammelek and Sarezer. While Adrammelek can be traced to a known figure, Sarezer remains unknown. It is suggested here that Sarezer is not a historical figure. This name, the meaning of which is "God save the king!," was inserted here, in order to add an ironic dimension to the story of the murder of the king of Assyria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalBiblische Notizen
Volume157
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies

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