Attacks on Jerusalem Timeline

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Attacks on the city of Jerusalem have occurred many times throughout history by various armies, nations, and world powers. Below is a list of some of the major battles that have occurred over control of the ancient city of David.

After 1380 B.C.
Jerusalem, at this time, is known as Jebus and is inhabited by the Jebusites. A partial siege by the tribe of Judah against the Jebusites takes place a short time after the death of Joshua (Judges 1:8).

1003 B.C.
King David takes the city. The city becomes the capital of a united Israel and is henceforth known as Jerusalem (the city of David - 2Samuel 5:6 - 7, 9 - 10, see also 1Chronicles 12:23 - 39).

925 B.C.
Shishak, king of Egypt, takes the city during the reign of Judah's King Rehoboam (2Chronicles 12:9, 1Kings 14:25 - 26). The temple is plundered.

850 B.C.
The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege during the rule of King Jehoram (2Chronicles 21:16). The King's palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.

792 B.C.
Jehoash, king of Israel, attacks Amaziah, king of Judah (2Kings 14:13, 14). Jerusalem and the Temple are pillaged. Jehoash captures Amaziah and takes him captive to northern Israel.

735 - 732 B.C.
Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel, go to war against Ahaz, king of Judah (2Chronicles 28). Ahaz seeks the aid of Tiglath-Pileser, king of Assyria, to deliver him. In 732 Tiglath-Pileser conquers Damascus and executes Rezin.

701 B.C.
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, tries to lay siege to the city during the reign of King Hezekiah (2Chronicles 32). He threatens to destroy it but God has the Angel of the Lord kill 185,000 troops as they prepare to enter (2Kings 18 - 19).

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605 B.C.
The prophet Daniel and his companions are taken captive to Babylon.

597 B.C.
Nebuchadnezzar again attacks the city (2Chronicles 36:10). He captures King Jehoiachin whom he takes to Babylon.

586 B.C.
Nebuchadnezzar attacks a third time. He burns the temple, destroys the city and carries all the temple's treasures to Babylon (2Kings 24:13, 2Chronicles 36).

320 B.C.
General Nicanor of Egypt marches on Syria and takes control of the area, which includes Jerusalem.

About 200 B.C.
City is besieged and taken by Antiochus the Great.

175 B.C.
The new ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire is Antiochus Epiphanes. He pillages Jerusalem then places an altar to the pagan god Zeus within the Temple. Antiochus IV Epiphanes becomes ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire. He begins to force Greek culture into Judea. He outlaws Sabbath and circumcision, sacks the city, and erects an altar to Zeus in the Second Temple after plundering it. This event is a type of Daniel's prophecy (Daniel 9, 11) that will be completely fulfilled before the

164 B.C.
Judas Maccabeus (Judah the Maccabee) leads an army of Jewish dissidents to victory over the Seleucids. The city is captured and the temple is rededicated.

134 B.C.
Seleucid King Antiochus VII Sidetes recaptures the city. According to Jewish historian Josephus, John Hyrcanus opens King David's sepulcher and removes three thousand talents of gold to pay Antiochus to spare the city. Assuming a modern value of $1,500 per troy ounce, these talents are totally worth $4.9 BILLION U.S.

63 B.C.
The Roman Republic, under Pompey the Great, occupies Palestine (Judea) and takes Jerusalem.

40 B.C.
Antigonus, son of former Judean king Aristobulus II, joins forces with the Parthian military and storms Jerusalem. The purpose of the fight is to unseat Aristobulus' uncle Hyrcanus II from power. When Hyrcanus is eventually captured, the Parthians mutilate him in order to disqualify him from ever serving as High Priest. According to the historian Josephus, Judean governor Herod, upon hearing the Parthians seek to kill him, flees to Rome to seek help. He is made 'King of the Jews' by the Roman Senate.

37 B.C.
Herod, after fleeing to Rome for help after the Parthians chased him out of Judea, returns to the area with Roman soldiers in order to retake the city. He conquers Jerusalem and assumes his responsibilities as ruler.

70 A.D.
The Roman legions take the city by storm and destroy it and its temple.

132 - 135 A.D.
A political revolt is started by Simon Bar Kochba against the Romans. Although he initially controls Jerusalem for 3 years, the Romans brutally crush his rebellion and gain back control of the city.

636 - 637 A.D.
Caliph Omar the Great besieges and captures the city.

1099 A.D.
The city is captured by the army of the first Crusade. They murder almost all the Jews and Muslims.

1187 A.D.
The city is taken from the Crusaders by Saladin.

1244 A.D.
The city is taken by the Khwarezmian Tartars, a Persia-based dynasty.

1247 A.D.
The Tartars are driven out of the city by the Ayyubids.

1917 A.D.
The Ottoman empire, which had controlled Jerusalem since at least 1517, was expelled from the city through attacks by the British under General Edmund Allenby.

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