Sack of Jerusalem (10th Century BC) - Biblical Narrative (1 Kings and Chronicles)

Biblical Narrative (1 Kings and Chronicles)

According to 2 Chronicles 12, Shishaq, leading an army of 60,000 horsemen and 1,200 chariots, invaded Judah and sacked Jerusalem in order to assist his ally, Jeroboam, the king of Israel. According to Josephus, his army met with no resistance throughout the campaign, taking Rehoboam's most fortified cities "without fighting." Finally, he conquered Jerusalem without resistance, because "Rehoboam was afraid." Shishaq did not destroy Jerusalem, but forced king Rehoboam of Judah to strip the Temple and his treasury of their gold and movable treasures.

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