The Assyrian captivity (or the Assyrian exile) is the period in the history of Ancient Israel and Judah during which several thousand Israelites of ancient Samaria were resettled as captives by Assyria. This is one of the many instances of forcible relocations implemented by the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
The narrative of this volume comes to its close when the Assyrian conquest ended in a conquest of Assyria and extirpation of that state. There followed not quite a hundred years of Chaldean domination — the theme of Ramses II and His Time. After that Persia ruled the ancient world for.
The Assyrian king then "found treachery in Hoshea" (verse 4) and launched a three-year campaign against the capital city of Samaria beginning in Although King Sargon II ( to ) claimed to have taken Israel's capital, evidence suggests it was his predecessor, Shalmaneser V, who accomplished this task.
followed by two and a half centuries during which the ancient East lived in the shadow of Assyrian domination. During this period the world experienced repeated outrages of nature, the theme of Part II ("Mars") of Worlds in Collision and to a great extent also of Earth in Upheaval, dedicated to the evidence from the domain of the natural sciences.