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(ssahr' gahn) Akkadian royal name meaning, “the king is legitimate.” An ancient throne name first taken by the king of Akkad about 2100 B.C. In 722 B.C., Sargon II of Assyria succeeded his brother, Shalmaneser V. His father was the famous king, Tiglath-pileser III. Sargon finished the destruction of Samaria begun by his brother. See Isaiah 20:1 . He deported the people of Israel to Media and other parts of the Middle East. Sargon then launched military campaigns against King Midas of Muski in southeast Asia Minor and against the kingdom of Urartu. He conquered both. Sargon was succeeded by his son, Senneracherib. See Assyria; Israel .

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Sargon'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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