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Title: Assyrian downfall through Isaiah’s eyes (2 Kings 15-23)
Subtitle: The historiography of representation
Author(s): DUBOVSKÝ, Peter
Volume: 89 Issue: 1 Date: 2008
In this article I compared Assyrian expansion as presented in the Bible with that presented in the Assyrian sources. Then I pointed out the problems of the historical events presented in the Bible. Combining these problems with the results of source-criticism I argued that the biblical 'distortion' of the historical events was intentional. The writers probably did it to offer their interpretation of the downfall of Assyria. This presentation and organization of the events can be explained in terms of the historiography of representation. By applying this concept it is possible to explain several textual and historical problems of these chapters.