February 22, 2013

RSS Feed

So, some listeners have asked (some more nicely than others) what happened to the RSS feed link for the podcast. You know, in case you don't want to subscribe through itunes or stitcher or whatever. Welp it used to be on the side back when the blog first started and I honestly don't know what happened to it. So I added a little text box on the right hand side with the address. You still need to copy and paste it to whatever feed thingie you use but it's there now. Also here


Cool? Cool. Episode 24 is still planned for sometime in the next 2 weeks, so stay tuned!

February 19, 2013

23 - Babylon and the Destruction of Judah

"So the Lord brought the king of Babylon against them. The Babylonians killed Judah's young men, even chasing after them into the Temple. They had no pity on the people, killing both young men and young women, the old and the infirm. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar."
2 Chronicles 36:17
Genocide, wanton destruction, forced exodus...somehow easier to stomach when it's two chubby babies fighting!
(source: Nebuchadnezzar fights Zedekiah, Zwiefalten Monastery; Germany) 

This is it! Our last episode with the ancient Hebrews! Everything is coming together here, and while great empires are battling it out, tiny Judah is struggling to survive. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's not looking good. Oh shoot, the title is one big spoiler. Nuts! Ok, ok, umm ignore the title and look at this medieval picture of an angel saving Jerusalem from Sennacherib. Yay they win! Nothing bad ever happens again in Jerusalem!

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Music Credits
Premium Music: Epic Cinematic Orchestral Oriental Arabic Middle East Impressive Cultures Theme Soundtrack

Sennacherib relief
Good illustration of the famous Assyrian siege engine
The earthen ramp built by the Assyrians at Lachish
BRILLIANT site for primary sources used here.
Another excellent website, with lots of pictures and primary sources!
The ruins of Nineveh (Google Maps)
Ishtar Gate built by Nebuchadnezzar
Cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar
A little New Yorker cartoon to smile about after the episode ;)

February 12, 2013

22 - Assyria and the Conquest of Israel

"Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away into Assyria."
2 Kings 17:5-6
In a future where the Assyrian Empire never fell, only one man and his friends can keep the world safe from evil:
Captain Assyria and the Avengers!
(source: Marvel Comics)

If you want a history of the Assyrians in one easy to digest episode, well here you go! I'll be taking you back to the earliest days of the empire, and then doing a mad dash to where we left off last time. Sure I probably missed stuff, but I've only got one episode to do this! If you're really super interested in learning the details of their awesome empire, may I recommend Scott C.'s, The Ancient World podcast? He does a really bang up job getting into the details of everything, whereas I'm just covering the big things here. Oh and tying it into the fall of Israel. That's kinda where we were supposed to be heading anyway. Two for the price of one!

Also a HUGE thank you to Owen Plant for allowing the use of his music in today's episode! It's sort of funny that I chose the one song that sounds nothing like his other stuff, but his normal fare is smooth, Americana folksy songs, and happy, warm Caribbean reggae. Yeah...you're probably wondering how that would work in today's show too. Welp, just trust me that the song I picked, Patchouli Sid, actually fits in perfectly. Seriously. Have I steered you wrong with the music so far? NOPE. Check out Owen's website here: http://www.owenplant.net/ or preview his music on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/owenplant

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Music Credits
Owen Plant - Patchouli Sid

Map of the Assyrian  Empire during its two stages of expansion
All that's left of Ashur today (Google Maps)
UNESCO site for Ashur
Axehead of Adad-Nirari I (Louvre)
The Nimrud Prism
If you're interested in Akkadian cuneiform, here's a free Assyrian dictionary from Google!
Good list of many Assyrian inscriptions.
Ashurnasirpal in chariot, on a lion hunt
Drawing of Shalmaneser III receiving Jehu
Detail of the event on the obelisk

Phrygian cap 1
Phrygian cap 2
Phrygian cap 3

Painted wall of Tiglath-Pileser III
MAP: Assyrian Empire under Tiglath-Pileser III
Lamassu from Khorsabad - attributed to Sargon II
Sargon II
MAP: Sargon II's Assyrian Empire (with surrounding regions!)
Inscription of Sargon II - note the refugees with their bags...
Guardian: How Ukranian women saved the Samaritans of Mount Gerizim
Samaritan High Priest: 1905

February 4, 2013

21 - A Kingdom Divided

"And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the advice given him by the elders. He followed the advice of the young men and said,
'My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke. My father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!'"
1 Kings 12:13-14

I'm sorry! I'll never have a vanilla milkshake with my ham sandwich again! Just not the Boo Box!
source: Hook 

By the way that Bible passage up top loses its wickedness when you realize that 'scorpions' refers to a type of whip similar to a cat o' nine tails. It's got knots throughout the throngs to better flay the skin than just a regular whip. Mmmhmm! FASCINATING. Alright anyway, sooooo just two kings were able to hold the kingdom of Israel and Judah together before the whole thing fell apart. I mean it's easy for us to use hindsight and point out what went wrong but really - what did you think was going to happen when you threatened the lives of half your subjects? Genius.

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Music Credits
Pharaoh's Daughter - Hagar

Territory of the two kingdoms and neighboring states
The Kurkh Monolith, referencing King Ahab's contribution to the coalition against Shalmaneser III
The Black Obelisk, depicting Jehu in submission to Shalmaneser III
Tel Al Rimah Stele, Adad-Nirari III referencing King Joash