The Envoys Return to Nabuchodonosor

illumination (58 × 87 mm) — ca. 1430 Museum Royal Library, The Hague

This work is linked to Judith 1:11

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The Assyrian King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabuchodonosor) is at war with King Arpachsad (Arfaxad) of the Medes. He sends delegates to several neighboring countries and regions, asking for alliance. From Persia to Egypt, from Lebanon to Judea, everyone ignores his request – who does he think he is? When the convoy returns with this message, Nebuchadnezzar flies into a rage. How dare they deny his authority! It takes the king five years to defeat Arpachsad. Then his hands are finally free to take on the world.

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