Henry T. Aubin

Non-Fiction



"I feel compelled to retract my own previous beliefs that a lethal epidemic, as reported in the Bible, was what made the Assyrians withdraw... It is a fact that it often takes an outsider to challenge established views."
- Dr. William H. McNeill, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Chicago

"The solution proposed in Mr. Aubin's well-researched study gives a fresh twist to one of the most plausible and eagerly canvassed solutions to the problem. An Egyptian-Kushite alliance moved to fight off the Assyrian aggressors. In the pursuit of resolving a long-standing difficulty, I have found the evidence put forward in this study to be carefully marshalled, clearly presented and well argued. I think that it deserves to be considered alongside the other solutions to what is widely recognized to be a significant issue in biblical studies."
- Dr. Ronald E. Clements, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College, University of London, England

"Aubin, in my opinion, successfully achieves his primary goal: he provides the most convincing explanation of what caused the Assyrians to retreat from Jerusalem...Aubin's scholarship is impressive and without doubt up to the level of professional Egyptologists and Near Eastern specialists. His insights are of astonishing breath, originality and importance and deserve to be known to as many readers as possible."
- Dr. Bruce G. Trigger, Professor of Anthropology, McGill University

Editions E & C France 2007
Gold Book Kft. Hungary 2005
Soho Press USA 2002
Doubleday/Random House CAN 2002

THE RESCUE OF JERUSALEM:

The Alliance Between Hebrews and Africans in 701 B.C.

In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.

But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.

Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem's defences.

Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt's 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.

The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.

Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.

The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.