The Tale of the Tel: Nineveh

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The ruins of ancient Nineveh lie near the modern city of Mosul, in north central Iraq. During the Old Testament period, Nineveh is often mentioned. Destroyed by the Babylonians and Medes in 612 BCE, Nineveh was lost to history until the mid 1800’s when the first archaeological discoveries were made there.

Biblical References

The first mention of Nineveh is found in Genesis 10:11. Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah, is said to have built Nineveh.

In 2 Kings 19, Sennacherib, King of Assyria, attached Jerusalem, then ruled by Hezekiah. Hezekiah had turned to false gods, but returned to the one true God when he learned of the Assyrian threat. God spared Jerusalem at that time from the Assyrians.

The next major mention of Nineveh is in the Book of Jonah. Jonah was called upon by God to go and preach to the people and leaders in…

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