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The Rescue of Jerusalem: The Alliance Between Hebrews and Africans in 701 B.C. Paperback – July 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569473366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569473368
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the turn of the eighth century B.C., a mighty Assyrian army entered Judah and fought its way to the very gates of Jerusalem, poised, the prophet Isaiah warned, to "smash the city as easily as someone hurling a clay pot against the wall." But the assault never came; instead, the Assyrian army turned and fled, an event that has been called the Deliverance of Jerusalem. Whereas biblical accounts attribute the Assyrian retreat to divine intervention, journalist Henry Aubin offers an explanation that is miraculous in its own light: the siege was broken by the arrival of an army from Kushite Egypt--an army, that is, made up of black Africans. These Kushites figured in historical texts, Aubin continues, until the late 19th century, when racist scholars expunged them from the record--a process that, Aubin observes, coincided with the European conquest and colonization of Africa. The Kushite intervention assured the survival of the Hebrew people, Aubin asserts, and it deserves to be acknowledged anew. Well-written and carefully developed, though based on sometimes-uncertain evidence, Aubin's argument will doubtless excite discussion. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Aubin argues that the Kushite rescue of Jerusalem from certain annihilation in 701 B.C.E. instigated the Jewish concept of being God's "elect" and was therefore a seminal event in the development of Zionism. Dealing competently with the biblical and historical sources despite what some might see as a lack of formal training in this area (he is a journalist instead of a historian, though he did do graduate work in history at the University of Strasbourg), Aubin asserts that the Kushites black Africans who ruled Egypt at this time saved the city from destruction by the Assyrians. According to Aubin, historians accepted this view until the late 19th century, when colonialism impinged on the European perception of these events; suddenly, the theory that an epidemic weakened the Assyrian army rose to prominence. Aubin asserts that this was one of the most important battles in history; had the Assyrians wiped out Jerusalem, there would have been no Christianity or Islam. Whether or not one accepts his conclusions, this work is a wonderful exercise in historiography. Recommended for all academic libraries. Clay Williams, Hunter Coll. Lib., CUNY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story is told in great detail.
Thich Nhat Montaigne
Henry Aubin examines this biblical story with the uttermost scrutiny from most, if not all, the modern available evidence.
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This is one of the greatest books I have ever read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By George E. Williams on February 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Before I read Aubin's book, I went out to either purchase or research about 10 books (excluding the versions of the 4 bibles I read ) that covered the subect matter. His explanation is the only plausible explanation I've read to-date. What a great mystery that was well argued and the wonderful detail that he presented was excellent. I read the whole book in about 2 days as if it was a mystery novel. It is great to know a that "white person -a father" wrote this book because it strengthen my faith in mankind, regardless of race. History should be about facts and not racial agendas, black or white.
I also happened to luck-up on a copy of James Henry Breasted "A History of Egypt", one of the writers mentioned in "The Rescue of Jerusalem". What a racist this guy was, who at the time was consisdered the premire expert in Egyptolgy. I'm glad I read Breasted's book myself to verify the accuracy of Aubin's quotations. Boy, he was right on the button concerning Breasted comments as well as the other theories that really doesn't add up.
I also read "What If" by William H. McNeill, who stated that the retreat of the Assyrian army was one of the greatest turning point in Western and therefore the world's history. Unfortuntely he believed in the "plagues theory". However, A 2nd review of the Aubin's book back cover now lists this author as a convert.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Mackay-Smith on July 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Henry Aubin with Rescue of Jerusalem, has opened a whole new way for me to look at history and religion. Henry is a Canadian Prize winning journalist and his perspective compared to certified historians makes the writing much easier to digest. His sense of drama lifts this detailed and accurate history to an art form. Don't be afraid of the footnotes. They are there for "doubting Tomases" and in no way detract from an exciting read. Congratulations Henry, I can't wait for another one. Lets hear more about these forgotten but vital parts of history.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephane Verreault on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply that.... refreshing. The approach of assigning credit to the African 25th Egyptian Dynasty of Kush is really well explained. And also, traditional ideas about "Divine intervention" or "rats who ate the bowstrings of the Assyrians" are dismissed with good enough explanations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clark on September 29, 2010
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I appreciate the unbiased work of the author. I have known of this story for a long time being I have done field research in Egypt from Cairo to the northern Sudan border for nearly ten years. Taharka, just as so many other black greats, have been written out of the annals of the history of the world. But, all that will come to pass for a new day is has arrived. This book is very well constructed and very exciting to read. I found myself rushing to get back to where I left off. It actually taken me two weeks to get past the first 70 pages due to my going over them again and again. This is a must, I told all my friends and associates. It should be required reading during Black History month.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. N. Gamble on February 16, 2009
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This book coupled with Cheikh Anta Diop's Book, "Civilization or Barbarism", George G.M. James' book "Stolen Legacy", and Magdel le Roux's book "The Lemba A Lost Tribe of Israel in Southern Africa", opens up a whole new view of the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah. While any one person reading the Christian Bible can look upon these two books as infallible. One could also come away afterwards, as I did, and see these books as tampered with or no longer infallible. Almost downright comical to some extent. Meaning someone or a group of individuals would actually go back and revise the books after the historical event was already written hundreds of years after it originally occurred. If you've questioned the historical accuracy of the Christian Bible like I have, then you may want to read this book and the others and come to your own conclusion(s).
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