Chronicle on the Reigns from Nabonassar to Shamash-shum-ukin, 747-668 BCE
<setnav>Bible and Beyond</setnav> This chronicle text surveys events in Babylonia from the reign of Nabonassar (747-734 BCE) until the accession of Shamash-shum-ukin (668-648 BCE).
"He destroyed Samaria" - The major event of the five-year-rule of Shalmaneser V was the conquest of Samaria. This is the only historical datum from cuneiform sources associated with Shalmaneser, as no royal inscriptions from his reign have been recovered. The year in which Samaria fell cannot be determined because the scribe did not indicate the year of the event; he simply included it between the lines that separated the years of Shalmaneser V from those of his predecessor and his successor.