He expressed confidence that: ' God who delivered Jehoshaphat from the menace of the Moabites and the Ammonites; who delivered Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem from Sennacherib, his arrogant and defiant Rabshakeh
, would deliver Nigeria' from the present travails.
The Rabshakeh now emerges as Sennacherib's chief representative, beginning his lengthy message with a deliberate insult.
A skilled propagandist, the Rabshakeh mocks Hezekiah's reliance on the intervention of Egypt's pharaoh, "that splintered reed," whose army of chari ots, horsemen and archers Sennacherib has overcome.
They therefore beg the Rabshakeh to speak in Aramaic, the lingua franca of commerce and diplomacy in Western Asia, which they (unlike the ordinary Jerusalemites) understand well enough.
(28) The question placed in the mouth of the Rabshakeh
indicates concern not just with the political and military effects of Assyrian imperial conquests, but with the theological issues they raise: Where is the god of Hamath and of Arpad?
The Assyrian general Rabshakeh
heard Israel chanting the Passover Song of Praise, Hallel.
One of three high-ranking officers, this messenger bore the Assyrian title of Rabshakeh.
There are two accounts of the Rabshakeh's appearance and taunting harangue before the Jerusalemites, of which the more detailed one begins as follows:
87 on Rabshakeh
), borrowed into Hebrew as rab saqeh (references supplied by my colleague John Huehnergard, who read a draft of this review and made several valuable comments).
'The Enigmatic Rabshakeh
', illustrated feature article scheduled for publication in The Jewish Bible Quarterly (2015).
The Book of Kings records the words of Rabshakeh, sent by Sennacherib to negotiate the surrender of Jerusalem: You rely, of all things, on Egypt, that splintered rod of a staff, who punctures the palm of anyone who leans on it (II Kgs.
The words of Rabshakeh regarding Egypt, as we have seen before and shall see later on, are found to be true.