ESAR-HADDON (Hebrew, "Esar ḥaddon."; Assyrian, "Ashur aḥ-iddin" = "Ashur has given a brother"):
By: Emil G. Hirsch
King of Assyria from 680 to 668
After securing a better foothold in Arabia, Esar haddon (671) led a second expedition into Egypt; his report shows a striking similarity to the descriptionof the country in Isa. xxx. 6. Tyre was besieged; another army occupied Arabia and the territory of the tribe of Simeon, while a third marched into Egypt. Manasseh, the King of Judah, is named among the vassals that had sent auxiliary troops. In the month of Tammuz Memphis was taken, after Tirhaka, the Ethiopian King of Egypt, had thrice been defeated in open battle. This led to the withdrawal of the Ethiopian ruler from the country to beyond Thebes. In 669 the Assyrian nobility, apprehending that Esar-haddon intended neglecting Assyria in favor of Babylon, rebelled; in consequence of which Assurbanipal was appointed coregent for Assyria, while another son, Samash-shumukin, was crowned King of Babylon. In the meantime Tirhaka had returned to Lower Egypt and garrisoned Memphis (669). Esar-haddon set out to look after his dominions in Egypt, but died on the march in the month of Ḥeshwan (668), the army continuing its forward movement and defeating Tirhaka at Karbanit.
In the Bible Esar-haddon is mentioned as the ruler who sent eastern, and especially Babylonian, settlers to Samaria (Ezra iv. 2); he thus continued the policy of Sargon, the "destroyer of Samaria," and conformed to his own general practise as detailed in his inscriptions (see Schrader, "K. A. T." 2d ed., pp. 373 et seq.). Manasseh remained loyal to him throughout his reign, even when undoubtedly many voices must have pleaded the timeliness of a policy of resistance to Assyria (see Winckler in Schrader's "K. A. T." 3d ed., p. 275).
- Cylinders A, B, C, Rawlinson, Inscriptions of Western Asia, i. 45-47;
- ib., i. 49, 50 and iii. 15, 16;
- Winckler, Keilschrifttexte Sargons, pp. 25-26;
- R. G. Harper, Cylinder A of the Esar-Haddon lnscriptions, 1888;
- Abel and Winckler, in Schrader, K. B. ii. 120-151;
- The Stele of Zenjirli, i 11-29, plates i.-iv. (transl. by Schrader, pp. 29-43);
- Prayers to the Sun God (transl. by J. A. Kundtzon), Assyrische Gebete, etc., i., ii. 72-264;
- Budge, The History of Esarhaddon, London, 1880;
- the histories of Assyria by Hommel, Tiele, Rogers, Goodspeed;
- McCurdy, History, Prophecy and the Monuments, ii.