Num 24:24

Ian Hutchesson mc2499 at
Tue Sep 24 16:43:39 EDT 2002

Sorry, Michael, but I don't see what your post has to do with
my question, which is apparently to do with ships afflicting
a landlocked country.


>Dear Ian, would you have read my mail exchange a couple of days ago with Yigal Levin would
>have get your answer before stating the question:
>the Bileam prophecies are missatributed texts of Samuel. The evidence is heavy, beginning
>with the reference to Agag, king of the Amalekites, (appearing in 1 Samuel to) and of the
>Kenites in the same verse of 1 Samuel, in association with the Amalekites.
>The Assyrians began during the reigns of Tiglatpileser I (1115-1076 )and Assur-bel-Kala
>(1074-1057)a number of campaigns which led them to the Levante and produced some of the
>earliest naval expeditions known from Assyrian sources.
>This brings Samuels biography in close contact to the Assyrians, whose approaching may
>have determined the Israelites to begin their liberation struggle in the hope to obtain
>help from them.
>King Saul should have reigned during his second regnal term 22 years according to
>Josephus. This brings on the assumption of the historicity of this figure Samuel at ante
>1033 BC, thus close to Assur-bel-Kala.
>The rest you can make out for yourself alone.
>All the best,
>Michael Bányai
>"Ian Hutchesson" <mc2499 at> schrieb:
> Does anyone have thoughts on the significance of this verse
> which talks of ships coming from Kittim to afflict Asshur
> and Eber, (given that Assyria was a landlocked country -- at
> least until the ninth century BCE)?
> Could, for example, this Asshur be related not to Assyria
> (the evil empire we know and love), but to Syria? There
> does seem to be some alternation between the two: Josephus
> calls the Seleucids kings of Assyria and Lucian from the
> northern Syrian city of Samosata calls himself an Assyrian.
> Is there any way to make sense of the verse as it was
> written, given the problem of ships afflicting a landlocked
> state?

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