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Azriyau Annal Fragment, 738 BCE

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<setnav>Bible and Beyond</setnav> A fragmentary annal text describes a rebellion against Assyria led by a certain Azriyau in the area of Hamath. The identity of Azriyau is uncertain, although his name is almost certainly Israelite. This can be determined by the theophoric element - yahu - the name of the God of Israel.

Azriyau led a rebellion against Tiglath-Pileser III. His revolt failed and he was captured, and the area was reorganized as an Assyrian province.


Mordechai Cogan, The Raging Torrent, Carta, Jerusalem, 2008. p.48-51.