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have offended all Christendom. She outlived her husband, as well as AHAZIAH, who succeeded

him, until she and her favorite son JEHORAM were both put to death by JEHU, captain of the

guard. The latter took the kingdom, and held it long enough to lose alibis territories

east of the Jordan in a war with Hazael, king of Damascus. It was at this epoch that

Israel first became tributary to Assyria,, in the reign of

THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON

Asshur-Nazir-Pal, monarch of that country. In the times of JEHOAHAZ, successor of Jehu,

the Syrians made further conquests from Israel, and the kingdom appeared on the verge of

extinction until the military abilities of JOASH, the next king of the line, restored a

part of what had been lost during the two preceding reigns.

These temporary successes were extended by JEROBOAM II, the ablest king of Israel, who

regained all that the surrounding nations had won from his kingdom, and restored the

former borders of Israel. After him, however, there was another lapse, both ZECHARIAH and

SHALIUM-the next two kings-being murdered in the same year. MENAHEM succeeded to the

throne, and undertook a vain-glorious expedition against the Babylonians, whose dominions

he invaded as far as Thapsacus. This town he took, only to be quickly expelled and

followed to his own dominions by Pul the Babylonian.

The next two reigns, of PEKAHIAH and PEKAH, were of little importance. During this time

(762-730 B. C.) Tiglath-Pileser, of Assyria, overran the territories of Israel and reduced

the kingdom to the last extreme. Hoshea, the last king of Israel,