The Assyrians take Northern Israel into Exile


Imagine the shame and confusion in the minds of the Northern tribes of Israel as they entered the gates of the Assyrian city.


Thinking of their captivity in Egypt, they are once again slaves, this time as a result of their disobedience. They will never return to the Promised Land – the northern ten tribes are lost.





These enormous, human-headed winged bulls and lions stood guard at the entrance to the Assyrian palaces.


The Israelite exiles would have passed between them as they entered the city of their captivity.



The huge Gates of Balawat (a secondary palace built for Shalmaneser III) were decorated with bands of engraved bronze.



History of five Assyrian capitals: Ashur, Balawat, Nimrud, Khorsabad and Nineveh.


  • The Assyrian capital was moved from Ashur to Nimrud by Ashurnasirpal II about 880B.C.


  • Shalmaneser III built another palace at nearby Balawat. When Tiglath pileser III became king in 745B.C., he reigned from Nimrud.


  • Shalmaneser V was succeeded by Sargon II in 722B.C., and a new palace was erected at Khorsabad.


  • Sargon’s son, Sennacherib, moved the capital to Nineveh. This remained the capital until its destruction by Babylon in 612B.C.