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.
Potter Craft US 2009
With more than 50 years of knitting experience, Sally Melville has earned her reputation as a living legend by blending simple instructions with beautiful patterns in a way that most knitters only dream of.
In Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter and Fit (March 24, 2009), her fans are introduced to a new voice – that of Sally’s daughter and knitting-protégé, Caddy Melville Ledbetter.
Sally and Caddy’s collaboration has resulted in 30 fresh and thoughtful projects, from signature sweaters to the perfect accessories, that will inspire knitters of all ages and levels of experience. Some of the easy-to-follow patterns in Mother-Daughter Knits include:
- A slimming Jackie-Kennedy style Camelot coat
- A reversible tank top with a scoop neck
- A Jane-Austen inspired jacket with an empire waist
- A corsage headband that also doubles as a choker
In Mother-Daughter Knits, it’s apparent that both Sally and Caddy’s underlying knitting philosophy is the same: No matter how big or small, young or old, a knitter who invests time and work into a piece should love the result. With that in mind, theyteach readers how to choose the right pattern for their shape and customize it to fit perfectly.
Punctuated with beautifully-written asides by both Sally and Caddy, Mother-Daughter Knits provides a biographical glimpse into the lives of this knitting duo – without taking the focus off of the projects. Pair this narrative element with its practical advice, eye-opening insight, and patterns for a variety of styles, and you have a welcoming resource for knitters of all ages!
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