2 Kings 19:37

Hebrew Bible

35 That very night the angel of the Lord went out and killed 185,000 in the Assyrian camp. When they got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses. 36 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 37 One day, as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. They escaped to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.

Tobit 1:21


19 Then one of the Ninevites went and informed the king about me, that I was burying them; so I hid myself. But when I realized that the king knew about me and that I was being searched for to be put to death, I was afraid and ran away. 20 Then all my property was confiscated; nothing was left to me that was not taken into the royal treasury except my wife Anna and my son Tobias. 21 But not forty days passed before two of Sennacherib's sons killed him, and they fled to the mountains of Ararat, and his son Esar-haddon reigned after him. He appointed Ahikar, the son of my brother Hanael over all the accounts of his kingdom, and he had authority over the entire administration. 22 Ahikar interceded for me, and I returned to Nineveh. Now Ahikar was chief cupbearer, keeper of the signet, and in charge of administration of the accounts under King Sennacherib of Assyria; so Esar-haddon reappointed him. He was my nephew and so a close relative.

 Notes and References

"... Tobit 1:21 ... The biblical account in 2 Kings 19:37 and Isaiah 37:38 records the assassination of Sennacherib: 'As he was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch, his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him with a sword, and they fled to the land of Ararat.' Compare 2 Chronicles 32:21. Sennacherib died in 681 B.C. The names of his sons are not mentioned in Esarhaddon's account of his brothers' revolt recorded in the Prism of Esarhaddon B, but they are given in Neubauer's Aramaic, and in an elaborate paraphrase in HM, In HL the sons are called 'Esarhaddon and Sharezer.' Ararat appears in 4Q196 2:4 as ΕΠΚ, as in Masoretic text of Genesis 8:4, the place where Noah's ark came to settle in the ancient region of Urartu, which would have been the Armenian area between Lake Van and the Black Sea south of the Caucasus Mountains, in what is today Eastern Turkey ..."

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Tobit (p. 121) Walter de Gruyter, 2003

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