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Hunting in Nineveh August 26, 2014

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Hunting a Lion at Nineveh

“Loewenjagd -645-635 Niniveh” by Aiwok, licensed under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org

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Nineveh was where Mosul is now, in the upper part of Iraq, to the right of those long rivers that flow down into the Persian Gulf.

It was famous for its Hanging Gardens and also because it was the city where Jonah had to preach, remember?  He took a ship to avoid preaching, but a whale brought him back to Nineveh.  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Nineveh Hunting by Mark.murphy at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nineveh_north_palace_king_hunting_lion.jpg
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Nineveh was known for its wealth and its art. It must have been immense as a city, “a walk of three days to cross it” says the  Jonah text, and Wikipedia figures a circumference of 60 miles.

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Nineveh Hunting by Ealdgyth licensed under the CC Attribution 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pergamonmuseum_-_Vorderasiatisches_Museum_067.JPG

However, later Nineveh did vanish from the surface of the Earth and was gone until modern archaeology uncovered some of its palaces, its art, and a library of several thousand clay tablets.

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