In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.
But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.
Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.
Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.
The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.
Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.
The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.
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Nobel Prize for Peace
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This Continent Called Love
500 Quotations on Love
from Nobel Prize Winners
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This Continent Called Love features quotations by Nobel laureates on various forms of love. Their reflections range from the tender to the cynical, from the romantic to the filial, from expressions of attachment to homeland to passionate longing.
An ideal gift for lovers, brides, mothers, couples celebrating wedding anniversaries and Valentine’s day, and all those appreciating witty and wise observations on life and love.
Pratt selected them from his collection of 7300 quotations he culled from their writing and interviews.
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David Pratt is the author The Impossible Takes Longer: 1,000 Wisest Things Ever Said by Nobel Prize Laureates (Bloomsbury US, Profile Books UK, and is translated into several other languages).
Educated at Oxford, Harvard and University of Toronto, he is Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Canada. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.