A Historical Timeline of the Bible

Table 5 Rulers of Assyria

This table shows the Assyrian Kings that were concurrent with the divided kingdom.  Sargon II was the Assyrian King who eventually brought down the Kingdom of Israel who finished off the invasion started by Shalmaneser V in 725 B.C.

The starting date for each king is his ascension year or year 0. The first full year of the king's reign, or year 1, is the following year. Taking Assur-dan II as an example, he took the throne in 935 B.C. as his ascension year, but his first official year (year 1) was actually 934 B.C.

 

Assyrian Kings

Dates B.C.

Years

Comments

Assur-dan II
935-912
23
Israel and Judah split after Solomon's death in 931 B.C.

Adad-Nirari II

912-891

21

Captures Babylonia, Anatolia , & Syrian plain

Tukulti-Ninurta II

891-884

7

Peace with Babylon , no tributes required

Ashurnasirpal II

884-859

25

Assyrian empire reaches Mediterranean Sea

Shalmaneser III

859-824

35

Defeats Arameans, captures Babylon & Persia

Samsi-Adad V

824-811

13

 

Sammuramat

811-806

5

Ruler of Assyria while her son was a minor

Adad-nirari IV

806-783

23

Assyrian rule weakens

Shalmaneser IV

783-773

10

 

Assur-dan III

773-755

18

Rebellions against Assyria.
The total solar eclipse of Nineveh occurred on June 15, 763 B.C. in the 10th year of his reign. This eclipse is pivotal in establishing Assyrian chronology.

Ashru-nirari V

755-745

10

 

Tiglath-pileser III

745-727

18

Re-gains Assyrian might greater than before

Shalmaneser V

727-722

5

Captures Samaria , deports Israelites

Sargon II

722-705

18

Captures Egypt , Urartu, Babylon , dies in a battle

Sennacherib

705-681

24

Fought rebellions, destroyed Babylon

Esarhaddon

681-669

12

Rebuilt Babylon , defeats Scythians, Cimmerians, & Egypt

Ashurbanipal

669-627

42

Defeats Egypt , Lydia , & Elam

Ashur-Etel-Ilani

627-623

4

Babylonians attack Assyria

Sin-Shar-Ishkun

623-612

11

Medes sack Nineveh

Ashur-Uballit II

612-609

3

Flees to Haran , Gets defeated, Assyrian empire Falls

Tables 6 & 7

Table 4

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