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Sargon’s successor, Sennacherib, was occupied quelling the revolts in the east during the first three years after Sargon’s death. that he was able to turn west and conduct his ferocious campaign against Judah.
It was only four years after Sennacherib’s coronation in 701 B. In the four years between the commencement of Hezekiah’s revolt and the arrival of Sennacherib in Judah, Hezekiah made ready for the inevitable Assyrian response.
He put together a coalition of western kings to form a united front against Assyria (this alliance quickly fell apart when the Assyrians actually arrived in the Levant).
In addition, he made all kinds of material preparations at home in Judah (see 2 Chronicles 32:2–8), including fortifying Jerusalem and various towns in the kingdom, preparing weapons, storing food and supplies (for which storage jars were probably utilized) and, of course, improving Jerusalem’s water system (2 Chronicles ).
On return trips home, he would try to cure his sisters' chilblains by passing electric currents through them.
He also hinted of a mysterious "alchemist" living in a hidden room in the attic.
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Siloam) strongly suggest that the Siloam Channel was already in existence prior to 732 B. E., early in the reign of king Ahaz, and well before the reign of Hezekiah.
In fact, most scholars date it to much earlier than Ahaz.