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  • The mention of ANTIMONY in the Ancient Assyrian record of Sennacherib when he invaded Judah in 701 B.C. After conquering many of the cities of Judah, the Assyrian army began it’s assault on Jerusalem. King Hezekiah of Judah paid tribute to the Assyrians in exchange for sparing Jerusalem. This tribute was described by Sennacherib on an inscription discovered in Nineveh, with the following words, “In addition to 30 talents of gold & 800 talents of silver, (there were) gems, ANTIMONY, jewels, large sandu-stones…all kinds of valuable treasures…which he had them bring after me to Nineveh, my royal city. To pay tribute & to accept servitude he dispatched his messengers.” from, “Archaeology & Bible History,” with footnotes, by Dr. Joseph P. Free & revised by Dr. Howard F. Vos, Zondervan Publishing House, 1950, 1992. Like they say at RWMM, “Own what’s rare” to which I might add "& what’s really, really historically OLD!

    Stephen Olson

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