the East Semitic (Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian) counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna, and a cognate of the Northwest Semitic goddess Astarte and the Armenian goddess Astghik.
Ishtar was an important deity in Mesopotamian religion from around 3500 BCE, until its gradual decline between the 1st and 5th centuries CE with the spread of Christianity.
David Rohl, author of They claim that the dates of Egyptian dynasties need to be reduced by hundreds of years, specifically Dynasties 21–24.
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to a crucial period in world history, and to the very shaky nature of the dating, the whole chronological framework, upon which our current interpretations rest…the existing chronologies for that crucial phase in human history are in error by several centuries, and that, in consequence, history will have to be rewritten.
Even when full use has been made of the king lists and of such subsidiary sources as have survived, the indispensable dynastic framework of Egyptian history shows lamentable gaps and many a doubtful attribution …What is proudly advertised as Egyptian history is merely a collection of rags and tatters..
If Hezekiahs sickness happened at the end of his 29 year reign it would have been when he was about 54 years old.
If his lifespan was extended 15 years from this point he would have lived to age 69, or allowing for partial years being added to each of these rounded figures, he would have lived to the full 70 years.
Firstly due to Merodach-baladan being in power as king of Babylon, secondly the promise to save Jerusalem prophesied (Isaiah 38:6) to Hezekiah and thirdly due to the quantity of Hezekiahs treasure at the time indicating that Sennacherib had not yet taken it from him (Gallagher p144 note 5).
The promise of deliverance would more logically follow the oppression already experienced including the capturing of many cities in Judah, and Hezekiahs payment of heavy tribute, than to have come before.
And by doing so, the reliability of Genesis, Exodus, and the entire Old Testament will have to be reconsidered as a viable source of historical truth.
Those who advocate a revision of orthodox Egyptian chronology are admittedly in the minority, but their credentials and scholarship are highly esteemed.
Ishtar's most famous myth is the story of her descent into the underworld, which is largely based on an older, more elaborate Sumerian version involving Inanna.