Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old Testament by Isaac Asimov, Rafael Palacios

By Isaac Asimov, Rafael Palacios

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That king has become Sargon of Agade to us. , he defeated Lugal-Zaggisi and founded an Akkadian Empire. C. it was at its height. - -- - . ,'- ' . - ... , however, soon after Naram-Sin's death, barbarians from the eastern mountains invaded and conquered the Tigris-Euphrates region and brought the Akkadian Empire to an end. , experienced a last period of power. After that, the remaining city mentioned in Genesis 10:10 comes in. The town of Babel was located on the ~ u ~ h r a t eRiver s about 9 miles downstream from Agade.

W smaller states were allowed to establish themselves. , began expanding again, an independent Aramaean kingdom nevertheless maintained itself north of Canaan until 732 B,C. To the writers of Genesis, then, it deserved notice as an independent son of Shem. Lud is much more controversial. The similarity of sound gives rise to the thought that Lud is the eponym of Lydia, already mentioned in connection with Magog (see page 46). Lydia, in western Asia Minor, maintained its independence against Assyria although it paid tribute at times.

The Akkadians spoke a Semitic language, for instance, while the Su(and, indeed, had no known linguistic merian language was nop-Semitio yr4 affiliations). , a man named Sharrukin ("righteous king" in Akkadian) came to power and established his capital in the city of Agade. That king has become Sargon of Agade to us. , he defeated Lugal-Zaggisi and founded an Akkadian Empire. C. it was at its height. - -- - . ,'- ' . - ... , however, soon after Naram-Sin's death, barbarians from the eastern mountains invaded and conquered the Tigris-Euphrates region and brought the Akkadian Empire to an end.

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