c. 733 b.c.
Suffering attacks on all sides due to his refusal to join an alliance against Assyria, King Ahaz of Judah called upon Tiglath-pileser III (also called Pul) of Assyria for help. The Assyrians captured Syria and all of Galilee and Gilead from Israel (2 Kings 15:29). As Isaiah had foretold (Isa. 7:17), however, Ahaz’s petition came at a price, for he was required to pay a large tribute to Assyria and make Judah a vassal kingdom of the empire.